A Total service station cashier said he feared for his life when a robber brandished a foot-long butcher’s knife in his face.

The early morning attack happened at Total’s Narborough Road outlet, in Leicester. The assistant was told to empty the till and put the money in the robber’s rucksack.

The assistant told the man that the till was empty, and then managed to run to the back of the building and lock himself into a room. The robber jumped over the counter and tried to open the till, before making off with a handful of cigarettes.

A man has been arrested in connection with the robbery and released on police bail.