Appeal after Altham armed robbery

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Police are appealing for information after an armed robbery at an industrial estate in Altham.

Police were called at shortly before 7.30pm yesterday after reports that three masked men had entered the Micro Peripherals unit on Shorten Brook Drive on the Altham Industrial Estate and threatened staff.

The men were wearing dark clothing and balaclavas and they are believed to have been armed with knives and metal bars which they used to threaten staff.

There were three staff in the premises at the time and although they were shocked, no one was injured.

The robbers stole two pallets of electronic items of unknown value and left in a large white van.

About an hour later, a group of men was seen on Roman Way in Preston unloading a large white van and transferring items to a smaller white van, believed to be a Renault, before they made off.

Detectives are now looking at various lines of inquiry, including checking any CCTV and trying to trace the vehicles involved.

Det Sgt Eric Halford, of East CID, said: “This was a terrifying incident for those involved but thankfully no-one was hurt. I would appeal to anyone who has any information or who witnessed anything, including any suspicious activity involving the two vehicles mentioned, to get in touch.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting log number 1123 of Wednesday, October 29th or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.