Officers responding to reports of a robbery in Walton this morning (Thursday 18 April) have arrested a man and seized a knife. At around 8am, police were called to an off licence on Oakfield Road to a report of a man in possession of a knife, demanding cigarettes and cash.
The man ran off with items and following an area search, a man matching the suspect’s description was detained less than an hour later on Walton Breck Road and a kitchen knife was found and seized.
A 32-year-old man from Luton, Bedfordshire was arrested on suspicion of robbery and has been taken to a police station for questioning.
Chief Inspector Kevin Chatterton said: “Thanks to the swift response and bravery of officers, a man has been detained and will be questioned. Although nobody was injured, it is extremely distressing for anyone to be threatened with a weapon when going about their work.
“We will continue to act on all information you provide to pursue robbery and knife crime suspects and protect those who live, work and visit our businesses. If you hear anything about knives being unlawfully used or carried, do the right thing and let us know.”
Anyone with information on robbery or knife crime is asked to contact @MerPolCC, call 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111. You can also use their online form at: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information.