Police Appeal for Witnesses to Retail Park Robbery
A security guard suffered minor injuries during a cash-in-transit robbery outside Tesco Extra in Prescot this afternoon (Friday 20 June).
The 47-year-old man was returning to his van at Cables Retail Park shortly after 12 noon, when his two attackers tried to snatch the cash box from his hand.
He resisted, and the offenders punched him in the face and struck him in the left leg with a hammer.
They got into a waiting car, driven by a third man, and left in the direction of Manchester Road.
The car is described as small and white, similar to a Citroen or Corsa. Forensic detectives are examining a vehicle that matches the description and was left abandoned near a local cemetery.
Police cordoned off part of the retail park for investigation and are actively looking for the suspects.
Detective Sergeant Paul Ford, of Merseyside Police, said: “This was an extremely unpleasant and nasty attack on a man who was simply doing his job.
“Thankfully the victim is not badly hurt, but he is understandably very shaken.
“It happened outside a busy supermarket in the middle of the day so I am sure that it was witnessed by many people.
“Detectives are speaking to witnesses and following several lines of enquiry; however, we do need the public’s help. I would urge anyone who was in this area this morning before the robbery who saw a man or a group of men acting suspiciously to contact us with any information that could help us.
“Robberies like this are rare and I would like to reassure people that we are doing everything we can to catch the people responsible.”
If you have any information, please call Matrix Serious Organised Crime unit on 0800 230 0600 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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