SHOP staff have spoken of the ‘terrifying’ moment two masked robbers brandishing knives raided their store.
Premier Dixon News Food and Wine shop on Marlborough Road in Accrington was targeted as two staff members were closing up.
Gemma Dixon, who is the daughter of owner Nicholas and was locking up, said she has been left shaken by the incident.
She said: “It was very terrifying and we are still shaken. They didn’t hurt us. They just came in and did what they did and left.
“You can either sit around thinking about it or try and carry on.The community has been amazing and I’ve been sent loads of texts and Facebook messages.
She added: “It is brilliant the amount of people who have said if you want or need anything just ask.
“I can’t complement the police enough too for the amount of support they’ve given us.”
A Lancashire Police spokesperson said two men produced knives and demanded money and a pack of cigarettes and made off with around £200.
Owner Nicholas added: “It’s a family run business and we have been here for about 30 years and have never been in this situation before.
“It’s a nice area and we didn’t think this kind of thing would happen, however you are in a world now where you can never say never.
He added: “My daughter and another person was working. They had seen them on the CCTV outside walking round with hoods but it was a cold night so they didn’t think anything of it.
“To have somebody coming in scaring them with a knife in horrific circumstances, they must have been quite desperate.”
The incident happened at around 7.30pm on Tuesday, October 13 and no injuries were reported.
The men are described as tall, wearing dark clothing and both had their faces covered with snoods.
No arrests have bee made.
Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting crime reference number ED1513744.