AN ARMED robber pulled out a knife and threatened staff as he raided a supermarket.

But a father and his 11-year-old daughter who were in the shop at the time spooked the thief and chased him out the store.

The valiant pair pelted the robber with bottles of squash and bread as he attempted to snatch money from the till, causing him to flee the scene empty handed.

The man ducked for cover as the items flew towards him before scurrying out the door.

The Argus:

No one was injured during the incident, which happened shortly before 10pm on Monday at the Express Supermarket in Newlands Road, Worthing.

The suspect is white, slim, about 5ft 8in tall and was wearing a green Nike hooded jacket with the hood up.

He was also wearing a black baseball cap, golves, blue jeans and green Adidas POD trainers, with a scarf covering his face.

Detective Constable Noel Simmonds said: “I cannot praise enough the bravery of the father and daughter who intervened in this knifepoint attempted robbery.

“There are considerable risks anytime a knife is used or brandished and whilst it is tempting to just view the spectacle of an armed robber fleeing in panic from a young girl, if the suspect is not caught he may try again and next time someone could be seriously hurt.

The Argus:

“We need to identify the suspect as quickly as possible so we are asking people to view the CCTV footage and stills and to please get in touch with us if you know who this is or have any information about the incident.”

A Sussex Police spokesman said: “If you can help, report online or ring 101 quoting serial 1520 of 16/09.”