Drunk tries to “rob” Burnley store with toy gun

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A DRUNK from Burnley is being sought by police after he tried to “rob” a convenience store with a toy gun.

Detectives said two friends went into the Tesco Express convenience store in Brunshaw Road around 6 p.m. on Good Friday.

One of the men, thought to be aged around 30, waved a toy gun before demanding the contents of the till.

Luckily staff spotted the replica and did not take him seriously. His friend also intervened to tell workers it was not a real gun.

Police said while no crime was committed they are keen to speak to the man about his future conduct

After the incident the man then asked for a lottery scratchcard and was served by an assistant before leaving the shop.

Det. Insp. Derry Crorken, of Burnley CID, urged the man to get in touch and said it could have proved terrifying for staff.

“We are not treating it as a robbery or an attempted robbery. This was a drunken incident that got out of hand.

“We still want to speak to him to advise him on his actions and behaviour. Members of the public driving past wouldn’t have known it was a toy gun. If we’d gone up there with firearms officers there would be the chance of something really serious happening to him.

“It was Good Friday and they had probably been out drinking all day, both the men had had a drink.”

The first man is white, under 6ft. tall and of medium build. He has short dark hair and aged from late twenties to 30. At the time of the incident he was wearing a black T-shirt with a purple or pink motif across the chest, black jeans and white trainers.

Anyone with information is asked to call Burnley CID on 01282 472204 or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111.