Three would-be robbers armed with a knife were foiled by a brave shopkeeper carrying a golf club.
Police said a man entered Top Shop off licence on Willows Lane in Accrington posing as a legitimate customer.
He then left and returned seconds later with two other men before one of them produced a knife and demanded money.
The shop owner then grabbed a golf club, which frightened off the robbers and they fled empty handed.
CCTV at the shop is now being examined by officers and the offenders are described as white men in the late teens or early 20s.
The incident happened at around 10pm on Saturday, January 4.
Anyone with information should call police on 101.