Pub staff left terrified after armed robbery

POLICE are appealing for information following an armed robbery at a pub in Preston.

Police were called in the early hours of this morning (December 23rd) to reports that a robbery had taken place at the Pig and Whistle pub on Blackpool Road.

At around 1:45am, three or four men wearing dark clothing, gloves and balaclavas entered the pub armed with machetes and what appeared to be a short barrelled weapon and threatened the three members of staff.

The staff had their hands tied behind their back and the men took cash from an ATM machine and a safe, getting away with just under £1500 in total. They then left the scene.

Detective Inspector Paddy O’Neill who is investigating said, “Fortunately the staff members were not injured but have clearly been left shaken by what can only be described as a terrifying experience.

“If anyone has any information that could assist with this investigation, I would urge them to contact police as soon as possible. It may be that someone has seen a group of men acting suspiciously in the area immediately before the incident or in the days prior to it. The offenders are described as having Liverpudlian accents. It may be that someone has seen a vehicle leaving the area at speed, and we would ask such people to contact us.”
Anyone with any information can contact police by calling 101 and quoting log number LC-20131223-0105. Alternatively, information can be passed via the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at Crimestoppers