A female worker was left shaken after an attempted robbery at a village post office.
Police are appealing for information following incident at the Hoghton Post Office.
They said a man entered the premises on Gregson Lane at around 10.20am yesterday, Monday.
He was holding a blue, tool type, canvas bag, and held it towards the female staff member as if it contained some sort of weapon and demanded money.
The woman raised the alarm and the man left empty-handed on foot.
It is believed he walked across the field at the rear of the post office before making his way down a ginnel leading on to Squires Close.
He is described as white, aged in his 40s and was wearing a black jacket.
Det Sgt Ian Derbyshire said: “We can’t be certain one way or another whether or not the man was armed at this stage.
“However he was certainly intent on causing fear and it is fortunate that no one was hurt and that he left empty handed.
“Although uninjured, the female staff member was left shaken and upset by what happened.
“If anybody thinks they may have seen this man in the area either prior to or after the attempted robbery I would urge them to contact police.
“I am also keen to speak with anyone who has any information at all about this incident.”
No one at the Post Office wished to comment.
Alan Sanderson, postmaster at another Post Office nearby, The Straits in the village, said it was a shock to hear about the incident. “I’ve been here 11 years and I’ve not had any trouble in that time,” he said.
Anybody with any information can contact police on 101, or they can ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or contact the charity online at Crimestoppers-uk.org.
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