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Alert message sent 07/07/2017 15:10:00

Information sent on behalf of Lancashire Constabulary

Dear Citizen

We're appealing for your help after a masked man robbed a chip shop in Ashton yesterday (Thursday 6 July). At between 4.50pm and 5pm a man wearing a dark mask covering the lower part of his face walked into the Chip Inn on Waterloo Terrace brandishing a knife.

He jumped over the counter and demanded money. A staff member tried to open the cash register but struggled and the robber then grabbed some binoculars from under the till and hit the staff member over the head. He then put his hand into the man�s pocket, took �150 and ran off up Brampton Street.

The offender is described as white, in his twenties, around 6ft tall with bright blue eyes. He was wearing a high visibility, yellow, long sleeved jacket with a black hoody underneath and dark trousers.

PC Richard Shires from Preston Police said: 'This was a violent attack on a man who was simply at work doing his job. The offender was wearing some very distinctive clothing, so if you recognise him from the description or you saw him at the time, please get in touch.'

Anyone with information can call 01772 209751 or, if you can't get an answer, 101 quoting incident reference 1124 of July 6th. Alternatively independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555111 or online at

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