Man at­tacked and van stolen in town’s lat­est vi­o­lent in­ci­dent

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Front Page - BY JAMIE LOPEZ

PO­LICE have re­leased CCTV images of two men wanted in con­nec­tion with theft from Ruf­ford Old Hall.

The theft re­leated to lead be­ing stolen from old build­ings at the Na­tional Trust and was de­scribed as “high value”.

The metal was stolen from the build­ings at around 8pm on Mon­day, July 20, and po­lice want to speak with the two pic­tured men in con­nec­tion with the theft.

A po­lice spokesman said: “If any­one can iden­tify the peo­ple in the pho­to­graphs, has any in­for­ma­tion about the in­ci­dent or seen any ve­hi­cles parked near the old hall re­cently, please e-mail 7176@lan­cashire.pnn.po­lice.uk or 6521@lan­cashire.pnn.po­lice.uk or call 101 quot­ing log num­ber LC-2020072204­50.”

AVAN driver was at­tacked by masked men who stole his van in Skelmers­dale. The 37-year-old vic­tim was sit­ting in a sil­ver Ford Tran­sit van on Flor­don when he was ap­proached by a group of men on Fri­day af­ter­noon.

The men were wear­ing face cov­er­ings when they ap­proached him at around 3.55pm and at­tacked him with a weapon be­fore flee­ing in his van.

Po­lice say the van has since been re­cov­ered but are ap­peal­ing for any­one with in­for­ma­tion to come for­ward.

The rob­bery was one of sev­eral vi­o­lent in­ci­dents to blight the town in re­cent weeks and West Lan­cashire’s top po­lice of­fi­cer is call­ing on the town to turn in those re­spon­si­ble.

In a video mes­sage to res­i­dents, chief In­spec­tor Ian Jones said: “There is no place in our streets for this. Peo­ple have been se­ri­ously in­jured and prop­er­ties have been dam­aged.

“My plea to your­selves is that I know these are tar­geted at­tacks on peo­ple from Skelmers­dale by peo­ple from Skelmers­dale.

“And I know that you may know these peo­ple, who’s do­ing this, who’s in­volved in this and what it’s about and who’s hold­ing the weapons and the firearms etc.

“I’ve got a num­ber of of­fi­cers on the streets to pro­vide re­as­sur­ance and to try and find these peo­ple and bring them to jus­tice and I ask you to pass any in­for­ma­tion you have, to help us to help you, by phon­ing through on Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111 or by phon­ing 101 and speak­ing to my staff on the streets.”

The vic­tim was in a van on Flor­don, in Skelmers­dale

Po­lice have re­leased these CCTV images since the theft

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