Merseyside armed raids 'could be linked'

A spate of armed raids on pubs, off-licences and newsagents on Merseyside may be linked, police have said.

The first incident happened on Sunday at the Jolly Miller pub in West Derby, when a man threatened a member of staff with a gun before leaving empty handed.

Soon afterwards a man armed with a gun raided Booze Buster on Queens Drive and on Monday night, a newsagents on Litherland Road, Bootle, was targeted.

Three more similar raids were carried out in the area on the same night.

One was at a newsagent's in Tuebrook, another at an off-licence in West Derby and a third at an off-licence on County Road, Walton

Det Supt Graham Yip said: "We believe that the first two robberies and the three attempted armed robberies could be linked and I would urge anyone who may have any information which could lead to the arrest of this man to come forward.

"All of the victims involved in these incidents were traumatised by their ordeal and we are determined to find the person responsible and put him behind bars."

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