Police hunt would-be robber

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POLICE are hunting for a man who attempted to rob a Nelson newsagents shop on Friday afternoon.

The man, described as a light skinned Asian heritage male wearing a dark hooded coat and traditional Asian clothes, went into the shop in Bradshaw Street at around 1-45 p.m. armed with a knife and threatened the 56-year-old woman working behind the counter.

He demanded money from the woman, but fled from the store empty handed after the victim refused to hand over any cash. As he fled he picked up and threw a metal weights-scale pan at the victim.

DS Charlie Haynes from Pendle CID is leading the investigation.

He said: “Fortunately the victim has not been physically hurt, but she has been left very shaken by her ordeal.

“The offender has walked into the store with his hood hiding his face having armed himself with what is believed to have been a kitchen knife. He has then threatened the store owner with the knife, pointing it directly towards her face whilst demanding the money from the till. When she has refused he has clearly panicked and fled, picking up a metal weighing-scale pan and throwing it towards her, which only missed hitting her by inches.

“A team of detectives are examining CCTV from the store and in the surrounding area and has already identified and spoken to witnesses who were in the area at the time and had seen the attacker.

“I would appeal for anybody who may have information about this offence or the identity of the thief to come forward and contact the police. This man needs to be caught before he strikes again.”

Any person who has any information regarding this incident is urged to contact Pendle CID on 472551 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.