Police in County Durham hunt 'Scream mask' raider

Scream mask
Image caption Police said the raider wore a mask similar to that seen in the Scream series of horror films

A man wearing a mask similar to that seen in the Scream horror films brandished a gun and a knife at shop staff in County Durham, police said.

The incident happened at the Simply Food and Drink store in the Blackhill area of Consett on 23 September.

No-one was hurt, but a female shop assistant was treated for shock.

Durham Police said the raider, who was aged about 19, was 5ft 9in tall, slim and spoke with a local accent, fled empty handed.

A force spokesman said: "The man's face was covered by a Scream-style Halloween mask.

"He pointed what appeared to be a handgun at the shop worker and demanded money before then brandishing a knife.

"Moments later he ran out of the store empty-handed after the alarm was raised. He was seen heading towards Benfieldside Road."

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