Police are trying to trace a masked man who robbed a petrol station in Henfield while in possession of a claw hammer.

A member of staff at Shell in Golden Square was approached from behind by the man shortly before 6am yesterday (Tuesday, 8).

He was threatened by the man, who demanded money from the safe.

Following several failed attempts to open the safe, he eventually made off around 6.45am, with a small amount of cash, tobacco, and three cans of Red Bull.

Police said it is possible he left in a vehicle which was parked in Hewitts in the town.

The staff member was left shaken but unhurt, according to officers.

The man has been described as white but tanned, about 6′ tall, of a stocky build, aged 20 to 30, and had dark eyes and eyebrows.

He was wearing a grey balaclava covering his face, a camouflage jacket with the hood up, and light coloured jogging bottoms.

Anyone with information is asked to report it online here, or call 101, quoting reference number 185 of 08/05.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.