Leicestershire Police appeal over armed robber

Armed man
Image caption The man was distinctively dressed when he tried to rob the shop

Police are trying to trace a man armed with a gun who attempted to rob a shop in Leicester.

The man went into the shop on Loughborough Road at about 17:50 BST on Thursday and threatened staff with a firearm, police said.

The staff member confronted the man before he made off empty-handed on foot towards Thurcaston Road.

Leicestershire Police have released an image of the man in an appeal to anyone who may have seen him in the area.

Det Con Nick Stevens said: "This was a frightening incident for the victim and luckily he wasn't hurt.

"This took place at a time when there would have been people travelling home from work either by car or on foot.

"If anyone witnessed the suspect entering or leaving the premises, we ask that you contact the police."

The man was wearing a grey, full-length, smock garment with a grey hood and large sunglasses.

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