Petrol station cashier held at knifepoint in Hallowe’en raid

A PETRIFIED shop assistant was robbed at knife-point by a thief who got away with £200 in cash.

The Murco petrol station on the High Street in Old Town was targeted at around 7.30pm on Monday night – just as the town was gearing up for Hallowe’en.

For one local woman, the evening quickly turned into a nightmare as the robber approached the counter she was working at, wielding his blade and demanding money from the till.

The 42-year-old handed over around £200 and the suspect escaped while frantically stuffing the wads of cash into his pockets.

Police were quickly called but were unable to find the thief.

He has been described as white, aged 18 to 25, with dark hair, a full beard, although with little growth on his top lip, and a thin face.

Officers are now trawling through CCTV from the garage and combing the area for any forensic clues he may have left behind.

Detective Constable Sheila Nicholson said, “The victim is shaken by what has happened, but thankfully has not been injured during the robbery.

“Officers were unable to locate the suspect during an area search completed soon after the robbery took place.

“If anyone has any information that could help identify the suspect they are urged to contact police immediately.”

Anyone with information should call Sussex Police on 0845 60 70 999 or report any tip-offs anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.