Delivery driver shaken following terrifying Haslingden robbery

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A TAKEAWAY delivery driver has been left shaken after becoming the victim of a vicious robbery in Haslingden.

A 32-year-old driver had just made a delivery on Thomas Street, when he was approached by a man at around 11-30pm on June 22nd.

The man began to talk to the driver, engaging him in conversation, before reaching into the black Vauxhall Astra and removing the keys from the ignition. He then began demanding money.

Initially, the driver refused and tried to escape from his vehicle, but was stopped when two more men approached the car, one to the passenger side and the other to join the first man at the driver’s window.

The victim saw what appeared to be a knife being held by one of the two men at the driver’s window, and so he handed over the money he had in the car.

The men then demanded more money from the victim so he handed over his mobile phone and his wallet and the three men then ran from the scene.

The driver got out of his vehicle and followed the men down Thomas Street, across Townsend Street, onto Rudd Street, then Ratcliffe Street and then right onto Smithy Street before he lost sight of them.

DC Neil Scholes of Pennine CID said, “Fortunately, the victim only received minor injuries but nonetheless, it would appear that this was a vicious robbery which has understandably left the victim shaken and we are very keen to speak to anyone who may have been in the area and saw what happened.

“If you were in any of the above areas between 11pm and 12am and either saw the offence, the following pursuit or saw any other suspicious activity, then I would urge you to contact police with any information you may have.”

The first man that approached the car has been described as white, around six feet tall and between 20 to 25 years of age. He was wearing dark clothing, gloves and his face was covered with something similar to a scarf.

The other two men have both been described as white men, around five feet six inches tall, of slim build and they were also wearing dark clothing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police by calling 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.