Detectives from Merseyside Police are appealing for information following an armed robbery at a petrol station in Maghull in the early hours of Saturday, 31 December.

At about 4.45am it was reported that a man, believed to have been armed with a gun, entered the petrol station on Old Meadow Road, threatened the member of staff, and demanded that he hand over cash from the till. He then left the petrol station with the cash.

The gunman is described as a white male, 6ft tall, medium build and he was dressed in black and had his hood up.

House-to-house inquiries are being carried out and detectives are examining CCTV footage in a bid to identify him.

Detective inspector Darren Hankin said: “We are at the early stages of our investigation and we want to hear from anyone who has any information which could help us identify the offender. Thankfully the member of staff wasn’t injured during the incident, but he is incredibly shaken up by his ordeal.

“If you were in the Old Meadow Road area at about 4.45am this morning and saw anything, or you were driving in the area and have dashcam footage that could help us please contact us.”

Anyone with information that could help inquiries is asked to contact @merpolcc, quoting reference 0172 of 31 December.

Alternatively they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or online at https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information.