Two hammer-wielding thugs with their faces covered threatened two men before stealing a bike and then smashed the victims’ mobile phones to pieces with a hammer.
The terrifying robbery happened in Hesketh Park in Southport around 8.45pm last night.
Two 22-year-old men were approached by the men carrying hammers who threatened them before stealing a bike from one of the men.
They were then told to “drop their phones” before the criminals proceeded to smash the phones with their hammers believed to be an attempt to stop the men from contacting police.
Afterwards, the criminals left the park and headed towards Southport town centre.
The two victims were left understandably shaken but were not physically harmed during the terrifying robbery.
The stolen bike has been described as a blue and black pedal bike, with three distinctive hoops under the handlebars.
Detective Inspector Andy McCourt said: “Thankfully neither victim was harmed, but they have obviously been left extremely shaken by this ordeal, not to mention the inconvenienced after having their phones and a bike taken from them.
“We will act on all information given to us to bring the males responsible for this to justice, and I call on anyone who saw anything suspicious around Hesketh Park at 8.45pm on Friday to get in touch.
“If you have been offered a bike matching the description, or seen it since it was stolen, we also want to hear from you.
“We are making our own enquiries in the area, but information from the public could prove absolutely vital.
“Our green spaces are there to be enjoyed safely by people of all ages, without the fear of falling victim to an incident such as this, and we intend to keep it that way.”
Anyone with information should contact Merseyside Police social media desk via Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’. You can also call 101 quoting incident reference 20000327405 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their website here.