THIS is the knife-wielding thug police are hunting after a terrifying armed robbery.
CCTV images show the shocking moment the man – armed with a large silver blade – approached the tills at Bispham’s Kincraig Road Spar shop and threatened staff before escaping the store with cash and tobacco.
Police are now appealing to members of the public for information about the robbery so they can catch the man responsible for putting staff through the “traumatic experience”.
Det Sgt Nick Connaughton, from Blackpool CID, said: “The cashier was not injured but clearly being threatened with a knife is a traumatic experience.
“We need to find the person responsible.
“The CCTV is of good quality and I would ask the public to look at the images and see if they recognise the man.”
The man, thought to be in his 30s, entered the store just before 9pm on Tuesday. With his jacket hood pulled up and a scarf covering the bottom of his face he approached the till and asked the cashier for a packet of tobacco – before pulling a knife out and entering the till area.
The robber demanded the worker open the till at knifepoint before fleeing the store with cash and tobacco.
Det Sgt Connaughton added: “I would also appeal to anyone who was in the Kincraig Road area of Bispham at around 9pm to try and recall whether they saw anyone acting in a suspicious manner.”
The robber is described as white and around six feet tall, with a “protruding” nose.
He was wearing a long sleeved, dark waterproof jacket, dark coloured jeans and a dark scarf over his face.
Local residents today spoke of their shock.
Tracy McMahon, who lives close to the store, said: “I’m quite shocked. I won’t come at night anymore.”
Steven Barlow, of Ashfield Road, Bispham, said: “It’s a shock to see a knife point robbery anywhere.”