A man injured while detaining a would-be armed robber has been released from hospital.
Police said the shop assistant, in his 50s, tackled the thief who was armed with a hammer as he attempted to hold up Nathan and Co jewellers and pawn brokers in Blackpool town centre at 5pm on Monday.
In doing so, he received a number of head injuries and a fractured collar bone when he was hit numerous times with the hammer.
He was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital for treatment, but was later released.
Today, management at the store in Cedar Square has praised all staff present at the time of the terrifying ordeal.
A company spokesman said: “The most important thing is that all staff were there to protect each other.
“It is upsetting for everyone that anybody can come in armed and attack any human being.”
Sgt Mark Dickinson at Blackpool CID said: “The victim has been treated for various head injuries and a fractured collar bone after he was struck with a hammer numerous times to the head and body.”
Police were alerted to the scene after staff triggered a panic alarm, which sounded and sent smoke billowing out of the building.
Officers cordoned off the area during the evening to carry out their investigations.
It is believed the pawnbrokers part of Nathan and Co was targeted – signposted as North West Pawnbrokers.
>> An 18-year-old man from Blackpool has been charged with attempted robbery and assault.
Police, last night, confirmed, the teenager is due to appear at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court today.
Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact Blackpool Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.