Armed raiders threaten staff at three Merseyside shops
Police on Merseyside are investigating three incidents in which shop workers were threatened by armed raiders.
The first was at the Supa Shop in Stanley Road, Kirkdale, at 1850 BST on Friday. Two masked men, one armed with a machete, stole cash and cigarettes.
On Saturday, at 1650 BST, two masked men, one with a long knife, threatened staff at Bread and Wine in Breeze Hill.
Three masked men also threatened staff at J and R Butterfield, in Breck Road, Kirkdale, at 0700 BST on Sunday.
One was armed with a machete and threatened the shopkeeper to hand over a quantity of cash and cigarettes.
Det Insp Eddie Cowan, of Merseyside Police, said: "We are appealing to anyone who may have seen two or three men acting suspiciously near to these premises around these times to contact us with any information they may have.
"In particular, we are keen to speak to passengers on an Arriva bus that drove past the Supa Shop and saw two men matching the above description standing at the bus stop at 6.48pm, just prior to this offence taking place.
"We will not tolerate this kind of crime on Merseyside and urge anyone who may know these men, or may have any information, to call us so we can put them before the courts and bring them to justice."