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Police release images after attempted armed robbery

Photo: Lancashire Police

Police in Lancashire have released some CCTV images of a man we want to speak to after an attempted armed robbery at a Preston City Centre convenience store.

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The incident happened at around 2:35am yesterday morning at Mace Express on Friargate when a man entered the store, produced what is described as a handgun and threatened the lone shop worker to hand over cash.

The shop worker refused to hand over the cash, held up a stool and the offender then left empty handed.

DC Paul Gilfoyle from Preston CID said:

I must commend the shop employee who handled the situation in a calm manner in what would have been an extremely frightening and stressful situation.

I would like to reassure the public that we don’t think that the firearm device was viable and thankfully the worker was unharmed.

I am asking anyone who recognises this man to come forward. Similarly, if you think you saw him in the lead up to the incident or you have any information that could help, please speak to us.

– DC Paul Gilfoyle

The offender is described as white, in his early twenties, around 5ft 8ins tall and of medium build. He was wearing sunglasses and a black hooded jacket and spoke with a local accent.

  • Anyone with information can contact us on 07816214128 or 01772 209796. If they fail to get an answer they can ring quoting log reference 0083 of September 5th.
  • Alternatively, they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at