THIS is the moment a terrified shop worker was held up at knife-point by a masked raider.
The victim today described how the robber, who was wearing a balaclava and distinctive orange gloves, threatened him with the six-inch blade in The Gazette off-licence and newsagent on Lytham Road, Blackpool.
The 30-year-old shop worker, who did not wish to be named, said: “He had a six-inch blade very close to me. I was a bit scared.
“He didn’t say much, he just asked for me to open the till.
“We’ve never had a problem like this before.
“There were some local guys who chased after him.”
It is thought the robber was loitering outside the shop for 10 minutes before entering the premises through the front door.
He went behind the counter and demanded the shop worker open the till before grabbing handfuls of cash and fleeing down Lytham Road.
But four brave shop workers and customers weren’t about to let the thief get away easily and they chased after him down the street.
The robber, who struck at around 11.35pm on Friday, ran onto Bloomfield Road and then on to Seasiders car park, where he managed to lose the group who were chasing him in nearby alleys.
Police have now released CCTV images from the incident and are appealing for anyone with information to contact them.
Det Con Gary Armour, from Blackpool CID, said: “This is a serious offence which must have been terrifying for both staff and customers who were brave enough to challenge the man and give chase to him.
“The man went behind the counter brandishing a knife. The shop worker ran from the area and the offender attempted to enter the cash box but failed to do so.
“He removed cash from the till and left the shop chased by workers and members of the public.
“I’d urge people to take a close look at the CCTV images and if anyone thinks they recognise the man or has any information that could assist with our investigation I’d urge them to contact police as this man needs to be brought to justice.”
The man is thought to be aged around 24 or 25. He is around 5ft 11ins tall and was wearing a black coat with a balaclava over his face and orange gloves.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Blackpool CID on 101.