‘Gunman’ who demanded cash told to ‘get lost’ by worker

The would-be robber who told staff at a loans firm he had a gun. Can you help identify him?

The would-be robber who told staff at a loans firm he had a gun. Can you help identify him?

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When this hapless would-be robber went into a payday lender claiming he had a gun he picked on the wrong woman.

Detectives are hunting the ‘chancer’ who put his hand in his pocket and pretended it was a weapon before handing the manager a note saying: “Give me your cash. I’ve got a gun and I will use it.”

I’m all right – I’m made of pretty tough stuff – but he could have really scared somebody

Kerry Young

Kerry Young, who runs Loans2Go, on the Promenade, was not at all phased by his threats and told him to clear off during the failed robbery yesterday.

But before running off empty-handed, the bungling crook first tried to haggle with her – in the hopes of getting £20 for his troubles.

Ms Young said: “He didn’t look like the sort of person who would be able to get his hands on a gun.

“He was a bit of simpleton really, a bit of a chancer.

“So I just told him to get lost.

“I’m not having someone coming in here and taking liberties.”

Police today released CCTV images of the man as they work to identify him.

The would-be robber, a man in his 40s, made his way to the counter, where Ms Young was stood behind protective glass, and handed her the note at around 9.40am.

When she was unmoved by his threats, he got desperate and tried to negotiate.

She told The Gazette: “I told him ‘no’ and said he wasn’t having anything.

“He said ‘can you just give me something – just give me £20’.

“I told him to get out and hopefully he will think twice before he does that again.

“I think it’s wrong.

“I’m all right – I’m made of pretty tough stuff – but he could have really scared somebody.

“He can go and get a job like the rest of us.”

Nobody was harmed during the incident but detectives are keen to trace the man.

Det Con Steve Lucas, of Blackpool CID, said: “The man walked through the front door and approached the counter.

“He handed a note over saying ‘give me your cash. I’ve got a gun and I will use it.’

“She refused and he said a couple of other things before he left pretty sharpish.

“He got away with nothing and she has not seen a gun.”

The suspect is described as a white man in his 40s, around 5ft 9in tall and of medium build.

He has black hair that is going grey and wore a black baseball cap, khaki green jacket down to his thighs, trousers and white trainers.

Anyone with information should call police on 101.