Police are hunting three men after a newspaper delivery driver was robbed at knifepoint in Dobcross.
The 33-year-old victim was unloading newspapers from his van at around 1.30am on Monday, close to Fold News, Woods Lane in the village.
As he carried newspapers to the shop three men approached his van and, while two acted as look-outs, a third man entered the vehicle and stole the victim’s mobile phone from the front seat.
The victim noticed that the interior light in his vehicle had come on, prompting him to walk over to the van to investigate.
As he did so, one of the offenders threatened him with a knife and demanded cash.
The terrified 33-year-old handed over £140 and all three offenders ran off in an unknown direction.
Detective Constable Leigh Carnally said: “The victim is a hard-working father and family man who simply trying to do his job.
“No one deserves to be put in this situation, and while he was thankfully uninjured it has surely caused some psychological damage due to the stress and terror of being threatened in this way.
“There are no CCTV cameras in the area, so we are reliant on anyone who was in the area at the time to come forward with any information they think could be useful.
“Perhaps you saw the victim on his rounds, or saw three men acting suspiciously in the area around the time of the robbery.
“If you did, please come forward and assist us with our enquiries.”
Anyone with information is asked to call 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.