Police are appealing for information following a violent robbery at shop near Preston.
It happened last night at the Spar store on Alder Drive in Hoghton at around 9.50pm yesterday evening (Tuesday 17th October).
Three men wearing balaclavas and carrying a metal bar and meat cleaver demanded cash and headbutted a member of staff.
Staff were forced to open the till and a safe. Thieves stole £13,000 and cigarettes and alcohol.
DS Chris Walsh from Preston CID said: “This was an extremely violent incident where a shop employee, just doing his job, was badly assaulted. Both he and the other worker have been left extremely shaken up by their ordeal.
“We think that the store was targeted and I would like to reassure people that there is not thought to be any wider threat to residents in the area, however, we have stepped up police patrols.
“If you have any information about the incident, please contact us as soon as possible.”
One of the offenders is described as white, around 6ft and of medium build. Another is described as black, around 5ft 9ins, of medium build with a moustache. The last offender is described as white, around 5ft 7ins and was of slim build. All three were wearing dark clothing and balaclavas.
Anyone with information can call Preston CID on 01772 209749 or if they fail to get an answer, 101, quoting incident reference 1585 of October 17th.
Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.