Wirral armed robbers told there is no place to hide following shop raids
WIRRAL’S top cop warned criminals they will have nowhere to hide after a series of armed robberies and burglaries targeting borough shops.
Attacks have seen knife- wielding thugs raid shops in Wallasey and Moreton and a Rock Ferry store hit by thieves armed with a metal bar.
In a direct message to offenders, Chief Superintendent John Martin today warned they would not get away with the attacks.
With detectives believing cigarettes are the main target, Chief Supt Martin, Wirral’s area commander, said everyone benefiting from the supply chain of cheap fags – from the thieves to the smoker – was on his force’s hit list of targets.
He said: “This is a really, really important type of offence for victims and people’s feelings of safety, so we will be putting everything into this to make sure we get the offenders.
“If you are going to travel through the tunnels, expect you are going to be stopped. If you are going to commit these offences, we will do everything to track you down and if you are going to handle property from these offences you are just as bad and we will seek to prosecute you.”
In recent weeks, two men left a member of staff shaken after going in to Moreton Food and Wine in Moreton armed with what is believed to have been a knife.
Costcutter, on Poulton Road, Wallasey, was raided by a gang wielding knives and a screwdriver on January 15 while, on January 17, Burnell’s Newsagent, in Rock Ferry, was one of three shops targeted as two men broke through shutters and entered with a metal bar.
Shops in Heswall, Wallasey and Bebington have also been hit.
In response, Chief Supt Martin revealed high-visibility patrols have been increased and patrols are being asked to visit more vulnerable locations to check on the welfare of staff.
Forensic evidence from the scenes of the robberies is being reviewed and detectives do not think the jobs are linked.
They do believe they were committed by local people and appealed for any witnesses or information.
Chief Supt Martin said it was important that local people stay vigilant.
He warned offenders involved in the robberies and burglaries: “We will do everything to track you down.”