A woman was threatened with a knife during an armed robbery at a One Stop Shop in Washington last night.
The incident took place around 11pm when two men entered the shop on Blue House Lane armed with a hammer and a knife.
One man threatened a female staff member with a knife while the other armed offender remained at the door.
The men then stole £200 from the till before the offenders left the scene on foot.
One offender is described as an older, white male at around 5'11", wearing grey trainers, black jogging bottoms and a Berghaus-type jacket.
The second is also described as an older white male, around 5'6" tall.
He was wearing a dark grey Adidas top with blue stripes and grey Adidas tracksuit bottoms. Both were wearing scarves around their faces
Nobody was injured, but the staff member was left incredibly shaken by the incident.
Officers are on patrol in the area to carry out further enquiries and reassure any concerned members of the public.
Police want to speak to anyone who may have seen the men fleeing the area, or anyone who may have seen two people acting suspiciously in the area around the time of the incident.
Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting log 1279 31/05/17 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.