CID officers from Wiltshire Police are investigating an armed robbery at an Esso petrol station in Swindon.

At about 10pm on Sunday April 4 a man dressed in black entered the shop on Kingshill Road and threatened a member of staff with what’s believed to have been an air-pistol. He then took an amount of cash and cigarettes before leaving the scene on foot.

The suspect is described as approximately 5ft 6ins tall, of medium build with an English accent. He was wearing black jeans, a dark hoodie with the hood up, a face covering and glasses, gloves, black trainers with white soles and three white stripes on the side.

It’s believed he arrived on foot from the Wootton Bassett Road direction.

Shortly before the incident, a man visited the petrol station. He was dropped off by a car which then continued towards Wootton Bassett Road, and officers believe the driver may have seen the suspect walking there.

Detective Inspector Chris Feerick said: “This was an extremely frightening experience for the member of staff. Fortunately they were unharmed but were very shaken by the incident.

“We would like to speak to anyone who may have heard or seen anything suspicious in this area around this time yesterday evening.

“Perhaps you saw a male dressed all in black who looked out of place?

“We are particularly keen to speak to the driver of a car who dropped off a male passenger who then attended the petrol station shop just before the robbery.

“The vehicle drove off in the same direction from where the suspect arrived and it’s possible the driver may have seen the offender walking towards the Esso garage.

“We’d also like to speak to anyone living in the area who may have CCTV on their property or anyone driving through the area last night who may have dash cam footage of the incident or offender. Please contact us if that is you.

“If you can help us with our enquiries, please contact us on 101 quoting crime reference number 54210031439.

“Alternatively, you can report anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”