Armed rob­ber over­turns car af­ter Flan­nels raid

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A MAN was ar­rested fol­low­ing an armed rob­bery at a South­port fash­ion store which ended with a car over­turn­ing into a front gar­den.

Of­fi­cers were called to re­ports of a rob­bery in progress at Flan­nels, Tulketh Street, at around 3.15pm on Tues­day, May 29, where a man was said to be in pos­ses­sion of a gun.

Staff at the high-end shop, who were dis­tressed but un­in­jured, said that the man stole a se­lec­tion of goods be­fore run­ning away.

He then drove off in a black Ford Fiesta Zetec down Wes­ley Street. Fol­low­ing in­quiries, po­lice iden­ti­fied the car and it was found to have crashed into the gar­den wall of a house in Lady Green Court, Vic­to­ria Road, Ince Blun­dell.

A man was seen run­ning from the ve­hi­cle. A 20-year-old man from An­field was later ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of rob­bery and has been taken into cus­tody for ques­tion­ing.

A sus­pected imi­ta­tion firearm and sus­pected stolen prop­erty have been re­cov­ered from the car, which will con­tinue to be ex­am­ined.

Det Insp Tony O’Brien said: “We be­lieve there were mem­bers of the public in the shop who may have wit­nessed the in­ci­dent, and we are keen to speak to all of them.

“Ad­di­tion­ally, if you saw a car match­ing this de­scrip­tion be­ing driven at speed in the ar­eas, let us know and pass on any dash­cam footage, which may be vi­tal to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion or footage is asked to con­tact @ MerPolCC, call 101 quot­ing in­ci­dent num­ber 764, or @ Crimestop­per­sUK on 0800 555111 anony­mously.

Th The over­turned t ed car in i a f front t gar­den d of f a house ho in Ince Blun­dell, top and above; the Flan­nels store in Tulketh Street, South­port, left

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