A GROUP of youths armed with a machete stole soft drinks from an off-licence.

The group of boys struck at Bargain Booze on Chain Lane on Sunday evening just after 9.15pm.

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One of the youths was reportedly armed with a machete.

Police say no threats were made and no-one was injured during the incident.

Staff were said to be left "extremely shaken".

Temporary Community Inspector David Morgan said: "Although no injuries were caused and the value of goods taken was low, all attacks on business premises are taken extremely seriously.

"The offenders in this case have caused significant distress to people in our own communities who are just trying to earn a living.

"They have also risked their own liberty and I want to ask them: was it really worth it?

"We are keen to speak to anyone who was near the shop at 9.15pm on Sunday who may have seen these youths acting suspiciously in the area, or running off, to come forward.

"We are deternined to identify them and bring them to justice."

Anyone with information should contact @MerPolCC on Twitter, Merseyside Police CC on Facebook, call 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111 and quote reference 20000026017