A MAN carrying a knife robbed a shop in Warminster last night (February 5).

Police are appealing for witnesses after the armed robbery took place at 10.50pm at the One Stop shop in Imber Road.

The man who entered had the lower part of his face covered and demanded the two female staff members hand over money from the till and cigarettes before leaving the shop.

It is believed he made off with approximately £60 cash and three packs of cigarettes.

He ran off along Fairfield Road, where it is believed he may have got into a silver coloured vehicle which then left the area.

Officers attended the scene to carry out area searches, assisted by the dog unit, but the offender was not located.

Det Sgt Neil Le’Maire, of central CID, said: “Any incident of this nature will understandably be concerning for the local community, however, I would like to reassure the public that they are rare and we will be carrying out increased patrols in the town as a precautionary measure.

“We are taking this incident very seriously and we have already commenced with some swift enquiries in an attempt to find the person responsible.

“Although the incident happened fairly late in the evening and the area would no doubt have been relatively quiet, there may have been some people out and about who may have seen something, or captured something on their car dash-cam, which they did not realise was significant at the time.

“I’d urge anyone who has any information which could assist our investigation to come forward and speak to police – understandably, the staff involved have been left very shaken up by this incident. Thankfully, they weren’t injured.”

The suspect is described as white, approximately 6ft tall and wearing a black hooded top and black jogging bottoms, with a black scarf or material over his face.

Call 101 and quote crime reference number 54190012238.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.