A knife-wielding robber stole hundreds of pounds of cash and scratchcards in an audacious evening raid at a small family business.
The attack, which was disturbingly similar to one suffered at the same shop just six months ago, has left the mother-of-one who owns it too scared to work at night.
The robbery took place at 8.20pm on Sunday, when the thief, who covered his face with a scarf, threatened a male shop assistant in his 40s, ordering him to “give us the money”.
He then escaped with £220 in cash and around £200 in scratchcards. Karen Tismond, who has run Beech Wines with her husband Robbie for the past 18 months, has slammed the villain responsible.
Mrs Tismond, 35, from South Shore, said: “When I heard what had happened I thought ‘Not again. why us, we’re just a small family business?’
“I can no longer work nights because I don’t feel safe.
“We have a small child who’s four and in the shop during the day.
“It makes us nervous having him round because it’s supposed to be a nice area.
“Why come to work only for some scumbag to empty the till?
“I’d like to see whoever’s done this locked away for a long time because it’s upsetting that they can just walk in and take money out of the till.
“I’m totally dispirited but we’ve got to keep going.”
Mrs Tismond and husband Robbie, 35, estimate it will take months to recoup the losses at the store, on Beech Avenue, near Stanley Park.
She added: “It’s coming up to Christmas and it means we’ve got less money now.
“To make that money back we’ve got to sell thousands of pounds worth of stock.”
The suspect is described as a white man who had his face covered by a hood and a scarf.
He was wearing a grey tracksuit.
Det Sgt Mark Dickinson, of Blackpool CID, said: “I am appealing for anyone who saw a man running from Beech Wines at 8.20pm on Sunday to come forward and contact police.
“We believe this man had just moments before entered the shop and threatened the shop assistant with a knife.
“I am confident there would have been people in nearby Whitegate Drive who may have seen something.
“I appeal for anyone with information to contact police on 101.”