Shop keeper hurt fighting off robbers armed with knives

Police would like to identify this man in connection with their investigation
Police would like to identify this man in connection with their investigation

A brave shopkeeper and his wife were injured tackling knife-wielding robbers who held up their store.

Two armed men struck at Turpin Green Stores in Turpin Green Lane, Leyland, at 7.50pm on Tuesday (November 14).

Police would like to identify this man in connection with their investigation

Police would like to identify this man in connection with their investigation

A man armed with two knives threatened the shop keeper and took money from the till while the other man, who had a hammer, guarded the door.

The shopkeeper and his wife were then assaulted while attempting to fend off the attackers, leaving them both with injuries to their hands.

The thieves made off with cash thought to total several hundred pounds.

The man with the knives is thought to have been aged between 17 and 30,and was around 5ft 10ins and white.

He was wearing dark clothing and had short dark hair.

The second man, in possession of the hammer, is described as being white, of average build, around 6ft and wearing dark clothing.

Det Con Justin Singleton, of Chorley CID, has appealed for witnesses to get in touch. He said: “The shopkeeper and his wife tried to defend themselves and their livelihood by fighting back against these two men, and they suffered some nasty injuries to their hands as a result.

“They have obviously has been left extremely shaken by it.

“We are now urging anyone with any information about the incident to contact us as soon as possible.

“Maybe you were in the area at the time and saw something suspicious, or perhaps you know who may be responsible.”

Anyone with information about the incident can contact police on 101, quoting log number 1478 of November 14.

Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.