Shop worker threatened by machete-wielding robber

A CCTV image of the raid in Pemberton
A CCTV image of the raid in Pemberton

A SHOP worker was threatened by a man wielding a machete during a robbery in Pemberton.

At around 11.10pm last night (Thursday), a member of staff at Pemberton service station on Ormskirk Road was crouched behind the counter replacing stock.

A young man was going about his job last night when he was threatened with a large and terrifying machete

Detective Constable Cameron Hackett

When he stood up he was confronted by the thief, who was armed with a two foot long machete.

The offender demanded the man, 19, hand over cash, which he did.

He then left with a small amount of cash across Ormskirk Road, towards Lloyds bank.

The thief was wearing a white balaclava, blue hooded waterproof top, grey jogging trousers and white gloves.

Officers believe the man had been lurking on the forecourt prior to the robbery, waiting for customers to leave.

Detective Constable Cameron Hackett, said: “A young man was going about his job last night when he was threatened with a large and terrifying machete.

“The offender was wearing some very distinctive clothing and we believe was lurking around the garage beforehand waiting for customers to leave.

“If anyone was in the area and saw this man either before or after the robbery I would encourage them to call us.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 7124, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.