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Appeal After Knifepoint Robbery In Runcorn

It happened on Mooring Close in Murdishaw on Tuesday afternoon

Detectives investigating a knifepoint robbery in Runcorn are appealing for information and footage from members of the public.

Between 1.50pm and 2pm on Tuesday 5 March an 18-year-old was accosted by another man in Mooring Close, Murdishaw, Runcorn.

The offender, who was armed with a knife, threatened the man and demanded his blue and white Yamaha YZ 85 off-road motorbike.

The victim got off his bike and handed it to the offender, who pushed it to the nearby Runcorn Amateur Boxing Club car park before riding off into the wooded area that leads to Goreswood Road.

The offender is described as white with a tanned complexion, around 18 to 20 years old and approximately 6’ tall.

He had a slim build, brown cropped hair and was clean shaven and he was wearing a brown hooded tracksuit with the hood up.

Enquiries in relation to the incident are ongoing and detectives are urging anyone who was in the area and witnessed, or has CCTV or dashcam footage of, anything that may help their investigation to get in touch.

They also want to speak to anyone who believes they may know who the offender is.

Detective Constable Phil Brown said: “This was a terrifying incident that has understandably left the victim extremely shaken up.

“I would like to reassure the community that it is believed to be an isolated incident and we are determined to establish the identity of the offender and bring him to justice.

“Enquiries are ongoing and I urge anyone who was in the area and believes they may have seen the offender, either before the robbery or as he was fleeing the area with the stolen motorbike, to contact the team at Runcorn Police Station.

“The same goes for anyone who thinks they may know who the offender is or have CCTV or dashcam footage of him.”

The stolen motorbike was recovered in the Murdishaw area on the day it was stolen.

Chief Inspector Sarah Heath added: “We are committed to doing all that we can to tackle knife crime in Runcorn.

“It is an issue that we take extremely seriously and Runcorn Local Policing Unit will ensure that anyone found to be carrying a knife or committing a knife related offence in the town is brought to justice.

“But the police cannot beat knife crime without the help of the local community and we urge anyone with information about people who may be carrying knives to come forward and speak to us or Crimestoppers.”

Anyone with information or CCTV footage that may be relevant to the investigation into the robbery in Murdishaw should call Cheshire Constabulary on 101, quoting IML 339048, give the details via https://cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries or contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Dashcam footage can be submitted online at www.cheshire.police.uk/advice-and-support/roads-and-vehicle-safety/submit-dashcam-footage.

To report any type of knife crime call Cheshire Constabulary on 101, or 999 in an emergency.

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