A 15-year-old boy was left shaken after being robbed at knifepoint in a terrifying broad daylight attack.
The teenager, who was walking to his home not far away, was pushed against railings on a residential town centre road.
His attacker produced a kitchen knife before making off with cash and personal items from the boy.
The robbery took place on Devonshire Road, Chorley, on Sunday afternoon.
Police are appealing for witnesses to the attack which happened at around 3.35pm.
Sergeant Kevin Mountain, of the Chorley town centre neighbourhood policing team, said: “The 15-year-old lad was walking along Devonshire Road near the TA Centre when he was approached by a male asking for a cigarette.
“As he got a cigarette out he was pushed against railings and threatened with a knife.
“The offender demanded money from him.”
The attacker took a small quantity of cash, a wallet, an iPod and a mobile telephone from the teenager before running off in the direction of the town centre.
He is described as white, aged 30 and of slim build.
He was wearing black tracksuit bottoms, a black lightweight jacket and a black cap.
He was said to have a stubbly beard.
The knife is described as a black-handled kitchen knife with a serrated edge.
Sgt Mountain said: “Incidents like this are rare, particularly during day time on a Sunday.
“Anybody in that area who saw someone fitting that description, acting suspiciously, or with any information on this particular incident, we would like to hear from them as soon as possible.
“We would like to assure people we are treating this extremely seriously and are keen to trace this offender as soon as possible.
“This teenager has just been walking down the road, minding his own business when he was approached by this man.
“He was shaken but physically uninjured.
Anyone with information can ring police on 101, or they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.