Shocking moment Co-op staff are robbed by armed gang armed with knife

Terrifying moment staff were pinned against Co-Op shop front and robbed by gang armed with a hammer and kitchen knife before fleeing with cash in a duvet cover

  • Shocking footage shows Co-Op staff being robbed at knifepoint in Lancashire
  • Balaclava-clad men armed with a hammer and kitchen knife forced staff inside 
  • The raid took place at 10.10pm on Saturday in Leyland, Lancashire Police said 
  • Police said the robbers ordered staff to put cash and cigarettes in a duvet cover

Terrifying footage captured the moment Co-Op staff were robbed at knifepoint by balaclava-clad thieves as they locked up the shop.

In the CCTV clip, taken at 10.10pm on Saturday in Leyland, Lancashire, three members of staff are seen leaving the store and waiting outside as one of them locks the door.

Three men armed with weapons, including a hammer and a kitchen knife, then appear and pin the workers against the shop front, before forcing them to unlock the door and pushing them back inside.

The men ordered staff to put a ‘significant amount’ of cash and cigarettes into a duvet cover during the raid, according to police.

Terrifying CCTV footage shows three balaclava-clad men armed with weapons, including a hammer and a kitchen knife, storm the staff and force them inside

Police said the men (pictured in CCTV) ordered staff to put a significant amount’ of cash and cigarettes into a duvet cover during the raid at 10.10pm on Saturday in Leyland

The robbers then instructed staff to reopen the doors and left, forcing the workers to walk with them across a nearby park to ensure they did not call police before they could escape.

According to detectives, no members of staff were injured but they were subjected to continued threats of violence.

Lancashire Police are appealing for information on the suspects, describing one as being of stocky build, around 6ft tall and he was wearing all black clothing with a black ski mask at the time.

He was also wearing red gardening style gloves and carried a brightly coloured, drawstring JD bag, the force said.

A second suspect is of skinny build, with blonde hair and distinctive front teeth which are bucked to the side.

He was wearing a two-tone grey and black Under Armour top, grey tracksuit bottoms with white markings, green trainers and a black balaclava.

The robbers then left, forcing the staff to walk with them to a nearby park to ensure they did not call police. Pictured: CCTV showing robbers forcing the staff inside

No members of staff were injured but they were subjected to continued threats of violence. Lancashire Police are appealing for information on the suspects (one pictured on CCTV)

No arrests have been made yet and enquiries are ongoing. Pictured: Two of the suspects wearing balaclavas on CCTV

The third man is of an average build and height and was wearing all black including a black Adidas sweatshirt, black gloves and a black balaclava.

No arrests have been made yet and enquiries are ongoing. 

Detectice Constable Laura Lawson, of Lancashire Police said: ‘This was a shocking incident committed against staff who were preparing to go home after a hard day’s work.

‘Instead of being allowed to do that they were instead subjected to a terrifying robbery involving weapons and threats of violence. Fortunately, none of them were injured but they were understandably left extremely shaken.

‘We understand that the public will rightly be appalled by this incident.

‘We are now asking anybody with information or anyone who recognises the suspects in this case to contact police as soon as possible.

‘Reassurance patrols have been increased in the area. If you have any concerns or you have any information which could assist our enquiries then please stop an officer and say hello.’ 

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