Two men charged over Lincoln newsagents ‘robbery’

Two Lincoln men have been charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice following a reported robbery at a Lincoln newsagents.

They have been charged with what has been initially reported as a robbery at the McColl’s newsagents in the Lowfields Centre, off Brant Road, in Lincoln, on Tuesday, May 7.

Initial police reports indicated the shopkeeper was approached by a man who spoke with an Eastern European accent, and was wearing blue overalls and a balaclava.

He was allegedly threatened with what was said to be a firearm, forced to open the shop, and several thousand pounds were stolen.

Police later explained that no firearm was used and arrested two men on May 10 in relation to the incident.

Lincolnshire Police have now charged two men in relation to this incident.

Christopher Usher (30), of Harris Road in Lincoln, has been charged with theft and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

John Paul Skate (40), of Sixfield Close in Lincoln, has been charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Both will appear appear before Lincoln Magistrates on June 21.