POLICE are appealing for witnesses after two shop raids in the space of 24 hours.
On Thursday, robbers armed with a 2ft stick stole cash and cigarettes during a lunch-time raid on a newsagents in Ellesmere Port town centre.
And in the early hours of Friday, two burglars used a crowbar to break into a shop in Willaston before escaping with a large sum of money.
The robbery took place at 11.50am at Whitby News on Whitby Road, when two men threatened the shopkeeper and forced her to hand over money from the till. One of the thugs then jumped over the counter, grabbing a quantity of cigarettes, before both men fled from the shop in the direction of Cromwell Road.
The armed man is described as white, 5ft 6ins and wearing a white T-shirt and blue pants, thought to be jeans.
The second man, who jumped over the counter, was also white, 5ft 6ins and wearing a blue jacket and pants.
The second raid occurred on Neston Road at 4am on Friday, when two men used a crowbar to force open a cash machine after gaining entrance to the premises.
The first burglar is described as slightly built and wearing a grey hooded jumper. The second was larger and wore a black woollen hat, a green padded jacket and dark trousers. nAnyone with information about the Whitby News robbery should contact DC Ian Watson on 01244 613134.
Those with information about the second raid should contact DC Paul Munnerley on 0845 458 0000 or Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555111.