Detectives are appealing for information following the robbery of a fast-food restaurant in the Baltic Triangle, Liverpool in the early hours of this morning, Thursday 25 April.
At around 12.15am, staff at KFC on Chaloner Street reported that four men had entered the store in possession of weapons including a meat cleaver and sledgehammer. The offenders made off with cash from the safe. No staff were injured and the men made off by unknown means.
The men are described as white, wearing dark clothing and balaclavas.
Forensic and CCTV enquiries are ongoing and detectives are appealing to anyone with information to come forward.
Detective Inspector Graeme Towndrow said: "Thankfully nobody was harmed, but this incident will have been extremely distressing for anyone who witnessed it. To threaten people going about their business with weapons is despicable and we will be supporting those who went through this ordeal as we establish the circumstances.
"If you were passing by on this busy road and have dashcam footage or saw anything suspicious, please tell us what you know and we will remove those responsible from the streets.
"Recent arrests, charges and court cases have shown that we will pursue anyone who targets businesses in Merseyside and brings fear to those who work and visit them. Tell us what you know and we will remove those responsible from the streets."
Anyone with information can contact @MerPolCC, call 101 with reference 19100200953 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.