Information Sought, Street Robbery Runcorn Old Town

Alert message sent 07/10/2016 12:36:00

Information sent on behalf of Cheshire Constabulary

Information is sought following a robbery that was reported to police occurring on Saturday 20th August 2016  in the subway underneath the Bridgewater Expressway, Runcorn. The lone female victim had been returning from the Old Town towards the Spur Road direction around 9:15 PM - 9:45 PM when three males described as approximately 20-21 years old were sighted. One of these males is described as wearing a Nike "Swoosh" baseball cap and studded earring in his left ear. The victim’s bag was snatched from her and she was thrown to the floor and assaulted. The suspects then ran off. The victim sustained injuries in this attack and police are still keen to identify those responsible.

This is a particularly nasty incident and thankfully not a very common occurrence in Runcorn. There have been no arrests made yet and therefore I would encourage anyone with information to report it to PC Richard Green on 101. Incident number 351 21/08/2016 refers. Or email

Information can also be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

The following is some crime prevention advice which most people will automatically be doing anyway but may still be a helpful reminder.

Prepare and consider your travel arrangements carefully and ensure someone knows where you are going, who you are with and when you might be home.

  • Look as assertive as you can, walk with confidence and be aware of your surroundings and who is around you.
  • Avoid short cuts and dark isolated areas, vary your routine and be discreet handling cash, phones and wearing jewellery in a public place.
  • Never take your safety for granted and look after your friends so that they don’t become vulnerable. Remember your personal safety is more important than your phone or other valuables.
  • Keep your bags close to you and secured with zips closed. Check your belongings and your pockets regularly.
  • Wearing headphones and talking on the phone can make you unaware of your immediate surroundings this makes you appear vulnerable and gives an advantage to a criminal.
  • If you use a cash point or ATM be suspicious if you see someone hanging around, if in doubt use another cash machine and have a friend watch your back.
  • If you feel uneasy about an individual or situation, trust your instincts and leave the area and head towards a public place such as a shop.
  • Pre book a licensed cab to pick you up or use a mini cab office. Never get into a mini cab off the street they are illegal and often uninsured and dangerous.

Updated: 07/10/2016 by Richard Green (Police, PC, Runcorn LPU West Beat Mgmt)
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