CCTV released after armed robbery at Nelson shop

Do you recognise this man? Photo: Police

Police in Nelson have released CCTV images of a man they would like to speak with following a knife point robbery at a grocery store.

It happened at M.A. Fruit and Grocery Store on Barkerhouse Road around 9.10pm on Friday 15th March 2013.

The man, wearing a distinctive motorcycle helmet, entered the shop and demanded the shopkeeper open up the till.

Do you recognise this man? Credit: Police

When the shopkeeper refused, the man pulled a large kitchen knife from his sleeve and pointed it at the shopkeeper, making threats towards him and also terrified customers.

At this point the shopkeeper opened the till and the man reached over and grabbed a quantity of cash before fleeing the scene.

Police have now released CCTV images in a bid to identify the man involved in this incident.

“I would appeal to anyone who has information about this incident to come forward and contact the police.

“CCTV images have been released of the man we would like to speak to in connection with this incident. Whilst it is not possible to see the man’s face from the CCTV images, he was wearing distinctive clothing and a distinctive blue and white motorcycle helmet and I would appeal for anyone who recognises him from this to get in touch.

“This was a very frightening incident for the shopkeeper who has been left shaken following his ordeal and officers are offering him support.”

– DC Steven Acres, from Burnley CID

Anyone with information can contact DC 49 Steve Acres or DS 2568 Charlie Haynes at Pennine CID by calling 01282 472240 or on 101.”

People with information can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at Crimestoppers-uk.org.