A man faked a diabetic fit to distract shop staff while his friend robbed a worker with a knife.

The robbery took place at McColls on County Road, in Walton, shortly after 8.30am on Friday as staff began their day.

Witnesses told police that a man came into the shop claiming to be diabetic and then faked having a fit.

As workers rushed to help him and were distracted another man, wearing a hi-vis jacket and carrying a black holdall, also entered the shop.

He pulled a knife on a female shop worker, threatened her, and then left the store with a quantity of cash and cigarettes.

Both men then ran in the direction of Bedford Road.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Merseyside Police issued descriptions of both men.

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It said: "The first suspect is described as a white male, around 5ft 8in tall wearing a grey coat, black hat and dark trousers.

"The second suspect is described as a white male of stocky build, around 6ft tall wearing a yellow high-visibility jacket, a blue hoody and a grey face mask

"CCTV, witness and forensic enquiries are ongoing."

Detective Inspector Paul Jones said: “Using the pretence of a medical emergency to carry out a robbery is disgraceful.

"Shop assistants should be able to go about their business without being threatened in such a manner and we are determined to find the people responsible and bring them to justice.

“I would appeal to anyone who was in the area around the junction of County Road and Bedford Road this morning who saw anyone or anything suspicious to contact us.

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“I would also particularly ask anyone who was driving past who may have a dash-cam footage to check it to see if they captured anything significant.

"Please get in touch as you could hold information which is vital to our investigation.”

Anyone with information on this incident can contact us by DM via our social media desk on Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’ with reference 21000045553.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or via their online form at: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information.