Four back to back robberies in Blackpool are now being linked as police step up investigations into suspects.
Three of the four robberies have involved weapons including knives and a hammer as local shops and individuals have been targetted.
According to police, the first incident took place on the 1st of April on Mansfield Road, where an offender threatened a man with a knife while the offender attempted to steal his property.
The next incident took place 11 days later on the 12th of April. A man entered a Subway on Westcliffe Drive where a staff member was forced to hand over the contents of a till after being threatened with a hammer.
Later that same day, at approximately 10pm a man matching the same description entered the Bargain Booze store on Talbot Road. Staff refused to hand over any property and he left empty handed. It is not known if any weapons were present.
The final incident took place at Subway again, on 14th April. The offender entered the store carrying a knife and instructed the staff to empty the tills into a carrier bag, stealing around £300 in cash.
Det Insp Eric Halford of Blackpool Police, said, ‘These are serious incidents where threats of violence have been used.
‘We have launched an investigation and are determined to find out who is responsible.
‘The incidents have been confined to a small geographic area and have been very similar in nature, with similar descriptions given for the offender. At this stage, we believe they are linked.
‘Please study the photographs and the clothing displayed in them. If you have any information please get in touch as soon as possible.
Anybody with information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting log number 1390 of 14th April.
Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org.