A MASKED man who tried to rob a Mansfield Woodhouse newsagent is being hunted by police.
The suspect went into Litton News, in Litton Road, armed with a baseball bat at about 7.30am on Sunday 1st April.
He threatened the shop owner and demanded cash. When refused he fled the store empty-handed towards the Peafield Lane Estate.
CCTV images of the man, thought to be in his early 20s have been released and a Crimestoppers reward of up to £1,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction.
A man matching the suspect’s description was seen in the estate immediately after the incident and police are appealing to anyone else who may have seen him.
He is white, of slim build, and about 5ft 10ins tall. He wore dark clothing and a balaclava to cover his face.
Detective Constable Anthony Hewitt from Mansfield Woodhouse CID is leading the investigation.
He said: “This incident happened in broad daylight and I’m confident that someone in the area will have seen something that could be of use to our investigation.
“While the shop keeper was not hurt by the man, he felt extremely threatened during the incident and was left incredibly shaken. I appeal to anyone with information to come forward to ensure this cowardly attacker is held to account for what he did.”
Witnesses or anyone with information should contact Nottinghamshire Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.