A forecourt shop worker was threatened by a man wielding a machete half a metre long during a robbery in Pemberton, Wigan in Greater Manchester.

At about 11.10pm on Thursday 14 May 2015, a member of staff at Pemberton service station on Ormskirk Road was crouched behind the counter replacing stock.

When he stood up he was confronted by the thief, who was armed with the machete. The offender demanded the man, 19, hand over cash, which he did, and he then left with a small amount of money.

The robber was wearing a white balaclava, blue hooded waterproof top, grey jogging trousers and white gloves.

Officers believe the man had been lurking on the forecourt prior to the robbery, waiting for customers to leave.

Detective constable Cameron Hackett said: “A young man was going about his job last night when he was threatened with a large and terrifying machete.

“The offender was wearing some very distinctive clothing and we believe was lurking around the garage beforehand waiting for customers to leave.

“If anyone was in the area and saw this man either before or after the robbery I would encourage them to call us.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 7124, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.