We have arrested three people following a number of incidents in Kirkby involving the robberies of two men.
A 51-year-old man from Kirkby, a 43-year-old man from Kirkby and a 38-year-old woman from Barrow-in-Furness were arrested on suspicion of robbery and have been taken to local police stations for questioning.
We are appealing for information after the two robberies which are being linked, and have involved victims who had arranged to meet a female through an escort agency.
On the evening of Monday, 30 September a man had arranged to meet a female escort in Kirkby when he was approached by two male offenders dressed in dark clothing and wearing face coverings. Both offenders were carrying knives. The offenders made threats to the victim and drove him to an ATM where he was forced to withdraw a quantity of cash.
A further incident occurred on Sunday, 6 October, again in the evening when a further male had arranged to meet a female escort in the Kirkby area. The victim parked his car and was approached by three unknown males who threatened the victim and after a struggle with the men the victim ran off on foot. The offenders stole a quantity of cash.
As a result of each incident, the victims were uninjured but left shaken by the attacks.
An investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to come forward.
Detective Inspector Tony O’Brien said: “We are investigating these incidents and a number of enquiries are being carried out in the area and I would ask anyone with information on these robberies to please contact us.
“We understand this is a very delicate subject and people might not want to come forward if they too have been subject to a similar incident. We can assure anyone who comes forward that they will be treated sensitively and in confidence, please do not be shy in coming to talk to us.”
“It is not right that anyone should be subjected to such a distressing experience. I would ask anyone with any information that may be able to assist the investigation to please get in touch.”
Anyone with information can contact @MerPolCC, call 101 with reference 19100578269 or you can contact @CrimestoppersUK anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Anyone with information on suspected robbery an call 999 if a crime is in progress.