Knife-wielding robber threatens supermarket worker

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Police are appealing for witnesses following an armed robbery at a Burnley supermarket

The incident happened at around 4-05pm on Friday at the Premier Store in Coal Clough Lane.

A man dressed in black clothing with a balaclava over his face entered the shop and made threats to the shop assistant with a knife, demanding that she hand over money.

The man handed the woman a pillow case and asked her to empty the contents of the till into it. He also leant over the counter and removed coins from the till before snatching the pillow case and fleeing from the shop with around £300.

He ran up Whitehaven Street onto the back of Coal Clough Lane towards Swindon Street.

He was described as white, around 5ft. 8in. tall, of a medium to stocky build. Officers believe the same man was seen stood on the corner of Whitehaven Street with Coal Clough Lane, adjacent to the shop for around 15 minutes before the robbery.

DC Darren Irving, of Burnley CID ,said: “This was a very traumatic experience for the shop assistant and we are determined to find the man responsible. If anybody saw this man or noticed him standing around outside the shop or running away after the incident, please get in touch on 01282 472518 quoting log number 939 of August 21st.”

Alternatively Crimestoppers can be called anonymously on 0800 555 111.