CCTV: Terrifying ordeal for garage worker

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This is the shocking moment a garage worker was held up at knife point in a terrifying armed robbery.

The masked raider entered Windmill Total Garage on Preston New Road, Blackpool, brandishing a large pole and a knife.

Shocking CCTV footage of a raider armed with a knife threatening the worker at Windmill Total Garage, Blackpool.

Shocking CCTV footage of a raider armed with a knife threatening the worker at Windmill Total Garage, Blackpool.

He ordered worker Kamran Ali to open up the till and hand over cash.

Today, Mr Ali says he is still shaken up from the incident.

The 31-year-old, from Blackpool, said: “That day the till kept on breaking so I was at the back trying to sort it out.

“When I came back to the front this man burst in suddenly and he started fighting with me.

“I was quite scared, and then he got knife out and told me to give him money.”

Mr Ali was threatened with the knife at the back of his neck while he opened the till for his attacker.

He was then punched by the masked man, before he fled the petrol station.

The incident happened at 8.15pm on December 21.

Mr Ali said: “I really thought he was going to hurt me. Now I am still afraid at work.”

Mr Ali suffered cuts to his hands, and his attacker made off with £1,000 from the till.

The hunt continues for the violent thug, and police have released CCTV images of the attack in the hope people may recognise the man.

Det Con Marc Armstrong, from Blackpool CID ,said: “I appreciate his face is covered, but somebody may recognise him from his build, his stance or his clothing, even his bag.”

The man was seen leaving the petrol station on a bicycle, and riding past Tesco into the Mereside estate.

Det Con Marc Armstrong added: “A lot of forensic work has been carried out in trying to catch this offender, who we believe may have some connection to Mereside.

“This incident happened just before Christmas. If anyone knows of someone who may have had more money than they should have, or new clothing or anything like that we urge them to get in touch.”

Anyone with information is urged to call police on 101 or Blackpool CID on (01253) 607315.

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