Claw hammer threat to Co-op staff in Clayton-le-Moors

Staff at a supermarket in Lancashire have been threatened with a claw hammer by a robber who made off with £2,000 in cash.

The man, who hid his face with a scarf, forced open tills at the Co-operative store in Pickup Street, Clayton-le-Moors, on Friday at 2245 GMT.

Police said that the staff underwent "a terrifying ordeal".

The offender dressed in black clothes is described as white, 6ft tall and slim. He was aged in his 20s or 30s.

Det Sgt Simon Upton said: "This was a terrifying ordeal for all the staff and customers who were present when this offence took place.

"I have no doubt that this male is probably a local man who will now have a significant amount of money at his disposal.

"I urge anybody who witnessed this robbery, anybody who has any information as to who was involved or anybody who saw anything suspicious just prior to the offence to come forward."

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