Armed robbery at local farm sees man shot

Detectives have launched an investigation after a man was shot and firearms stolen during an armed robbery in Aughton.

Police were called around 9.40pm on Sunday, July 28 to a report a man had been injured during a robbery at a farm on Back Lane.

Officers, including armed police, attended the address and found the man, 65, had been shot in the ankle and knee with what is believed to be a firearm. He was taken to hospital for treatment and is to undergo surgery for his injuries.

Detectives believe a number of men wearing balaclavas or face coverings and carrying firearms were involved.

The offenders stole four shotguns, jewellery, watches and cash from inside the property before leaving the scene.

No arrests have been made and enquiries are on-going to find the men involved

Det Insp Jason Richardson, of Lancashire Police, said: “We are investigating after a man suffered serious injuries following an armed robbery at a farm in Aughton.

“The victim has understandably been left very shaken by his ordeal and is awaiting surgery at hospital.

“Incidents of this nature are rare and I would like to reassure the public we have a dedicated team of officers working on this investigation. We are determined to find the men responsible and the firearms they took. Patrols have also been stepped up in the area.

“If you know anything about this robbery, I would urge you to get in contact with us at your earliest opportunity. If you saw or heard anyone acting suspiciously in the area around the time of robbery, please come forward.”

Anyone with information about the incident or the location of the men involved is asked to call Lancashire Police immediately on 999 quoting incident reference 1553 of July 28.

Alternatively independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at http://socsi.in/vlBGX.

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