Fifth person arrested by detectives investigating 10 business robberies

** Update published 9.30am **

Detectives investigating nine business robberies in Liverpool and one in Crosby in the past four weeks have arrested a fifth person.

A 39-year-old man from Fairfield has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit robbery. He has been taken to a police station to be interviewed.

A 27-year-old man from Everton, a 17-year-old man from Dovecot and a 22-year-old man from Widnes, together with a 33 year-old woman from Old Swan have all been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit robbery remain in custody this morning (Thursday 12 July 2018).

 

ORIGINAL RELEASE - Publsihed 1pm Wednesday 11 July 2018

Three men and a woman have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit robbery following 10 business robberies in Liverpool and Sefton.

Detectives investigating nine business robberies in Liverpool and one in Crosby reported over the past four weeks executed warrants at four addresses in Liverpool and one in Widnes at 8am this morning (Wednesday 11 July 2018).

A 27-year-old man from Everton, a 17-year-old man from Dovecot and a 22-year-old man from Widnes, together with a 33 year-old woman from Old Swan have all been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit robbery and taken to police stations in Merseyside to be interviewed.

Detective Superintendent Mark Kameen said: “Merseyside Police is committed to putting our communities first and extensive proactive and investigative work has been ongoing to reassure our local businesses and find the people responsible for carrying out these robberies.

"I hope today’s activity serves to reassure our communities that we have taken their concerns extremely seriously and will not tolerate people who seek to steal from people who are simply trying to make a living for themselves and their families.

"Thankfully no-one was seriously injured during these incidents but business robberies are not victimless crimes and a number of people have been left traumatised by the ordeal they suffered at the hands of these individuals. They should be able to go to work each day safe in the knowledge that they will not fall victim to incidents such as this.

"We will continue to speak to business owners regularly about the best ways they can make their premises secure. It is in everyone’s interest to prevent crimes against businesses that provide a vital service to our communities, and ensure Merseyside remains a safe place to work."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Merseyside Police social media desk via Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook Merseyside Police CC. You can also call 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or via their online form at: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information.