Police appeal for help after attempted armed robbery

Police are appealing for information after an attempted armed robbery at the Post Office in Digmoor, Skelmersdale on the morning of Tuesday 27th March.

Police were called at 10:10 hours to reports two men had entered the premises on Digmoor Parade and made demands for money. They originally approached from Christ the Servant church and walked around Birkrig before reaching the premises.

They entered the Post Office and were carrying what is believed to be a handgun and a machete.

The shop assistant sounded an alarm and the offenders ran from the scene empty handed. They left in the direction of Christ the Servant church.

The offenders are described as white men, in their 20s who spoke with local accents. They were wearing dark clothing and one was carrying a black Nike rucksack with white writing on it.

Police are now appealing for witnesses.

They are particularly keen to identify the pictured people who were in the area at the time and may have witnessed the incident.

Detective Inspector Graeme Simpson of Lancashire Police, said: “This was obviously a terrifying incident for the staff and members of public who were in the Post Office at the time. Luckily nobody was harmed but we need to find those responsible. We would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the attempted robbery or saw anything suspicious in the area around the time. We would also appeal to anybody who may have been driving in the area at the time who has a dash cam, to check the footage.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 01695 566112, or failing that, 101 quoting log number 361 of 27th March.

Alternatively independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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