Hunting knife robbery terror

Police want to speak to this man following an armed robbery at Simply Food and Drink off licence on Hornby Road, South Shore.

Police want to speak to this man following an armed robbery at Simply Food and Drink off licence on Hornby Road, South Shore.

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This is the terrifying moment an armed robber threatened a shop worker with a hunting knife.

The shop manager was behind the counter at Simply Food and Drink on Hornby Road, Blackpool, when a man began talking to her and asked for a bottle of wine.

She went to the fridge and then as she walked back behind the counter, the robber followed her and pulled out a knife from up his sleeve.

The manager said: “It was a very wide and long hunting knife, I’ve never seen a knife like it. I went to press the panic alarm button and he said ‘I wouldn’t do that if I were you’.

“He said it in a really firm voice and held the knife towards my side. I’ve been held up once before in another shop but nothing as terrifying as this. I haven’t slept and I keep having flashbacks.”

The raid happened around 5.15pm last Thursday. The robber escaped with £20 from the till.

Police today released a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to in connection with the robbery and are appealing for anyone with any information to come forward.

Det Con Neil Smith, of Blackpool CID, said: “It was a terrifying experience for the woman concerned, who was going about her daily business.

“I would ask if anybody has any information about the incident or recognises the man in the CCTV image that they contact police. I’m confident somebody will know this person and I urge anybody with information to come forward.”

The robber is white, around 5ft 8in tall, and around 18 to 20-years-old.

He was of slim build with dark hair and a pale complexion and was clean shaven with a local accent.

He was wearing a shiny black zip-up hooded tracksuit top with two buttons on each shoulder, black, baggy jeans with ‘VR’ on the back with lots of pockets and a green hat.

Anyone with any information can call Lancashire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.