Police are hunting two masked men who robbed an off-licence on Saturday night at knife point.
The men, one of Asian heritage and one white, raided KT’s Convenience Store in Brennand Street, Burnley, at 9-30pm, shortly before the shop, owned by Mr Tariq Hussain Shah, was due to close.
There were no customers in the shop when the men struck. One of the robbers brandished a knife at him while the other went behind the counter and took money from the till. He also grabbed cigarettes from a display.
Police have not disclosed how much was taken in the raid. The shop assistant is believed to have been very shaken by what happened, but he was not hurt.
As soon as they had snatched the loot, the pair ran out of the shop. People in the street who saw the commotion chased the men but were unable to catch them.
Police investigators launched a witness appeal for anyone who may have seen the men before or after the robbery.
Both men were wearing dark tracksuit pants and hooded tops. One top was white, the other black.
A police spokesman said: “We have launched an investigation into the robbery in Brennand Street and are asking for anyone who may have seen these men in the area, either before 9-30pm on Saturday or afterwards, to get in touch with us.”
Anyone who thinks they may be able to help is asked to dial 101, which is the new direct non-emergency police phone line.
Alternatively, people can call the free confidential Crimestoppers line anonymously, on 0800 555 111.