Worker’s armed robbery ordeal

A CONVENIENCE store worker was threatened with a knife by a hooded robber who escaped with hundreds of pounds in cash, police said.

The woman was working in the Premier store, near the junction of Hart Lane and Raby Road, in Hartlepool, when the frightening incident happened.

Police say a man walked into the shop wielding a kitchen knife and demanded money from the till.

Officers said the suspect fled with about £300 in cash following the incident, which happened around 6.20pm on Saturday.

A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: “Around £300 in cash was taken from the shop till.

“A female member of staff was in the shop at the time and she was threatened with a large kitchen knife.”

Officers say the man fled on a red or orange bike, which had a blue carrier bag over the seat.

He was wearing dark clothing and a hooded top, with the hood covering his face.

The man is believed to be white, in his late 20s and was around 5ft 8in tall and had a “greyish” complexion, with acne scars and marks around his jaw.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact Detective Constable Mick Matthews, of Hartlepool CID, on the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111,