Two men who robbed three victims at knifepoint after they left a garage in Burnley are being hunted by police.
Around 3am on New Year’s Day, three men who had been out celebrating the New Year went into Kitchen’s Garage in Trafalgar Street to buy alcohol as they walked home.
As they left the garage, they were approached by two other men who asked them for some beer and began to follow them.
One of the attackers was given a can of beer but they continued to follow the group. As they reached Manchester Road, one of the two men produced a knife and demanded one of the victim’s phones.
The phone was handed over but then the victim’s two friends, who tried to get the phone back, were punched and kicked. The two offenders then walked away.
Detectives have now released CCTV image in a bid to trace the men responsible.
DC Haydn Sibley said: “We are making a number of inquiries to try and trace the person responsible and as part of that, I would appeal to anyone who may have been in the area and seen what happened to get in touch.
“I appreciate this happened some time ago but we are hoping the CCTV image will either jog someone’s memory or that someone will see it and recognise the man we are looking to speak to, if anyone does recognise the man in the CCTV then I would ask them to call us.”
The two attackers are white and in their early 20s. The first man is of athletic build, around 6ft. tall and he was wearing a black hooded top, black jeans and black shoes. The second man is of stocky build, with short almost shaved hair and he was wearing grey and cream fleece top, black pants and black shoes. He has a tattoo on the right side of his neck.
Anyone with any information about this incident should contact Lancashire Police on 101 quoting log number LC-20140101-0598 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.