AN ARMED robber raided a supermarket and stole thousands of pounds in cash.

The masked man entered the Co-op store in Queen Street, Arundel, late last night and threatened staff with what is believed to be a handgun.

Sussex Police say there have been no reports of shots being fired during the incident, and nobody was injured.

This morning, a passerby told The Argus that an alleyway off nearby Fitzalan Road has been cordoned off with police tape as officers investigate the robbery.

The Argus: The Co-op store in Queen Street, ArundelThe Co-op store in Queen Street, Arundel

The force is now hunting for the man responsible, and has appealed for any information which may help them catch the culprit.

The suspect is in his 30s and was wearing a black mask, a hat, a coat and purple or black trainers during the incident, which took place shortly before 10pm yesterday.

A Sussex Police spokeswoman said: "We would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident or noticed a man matching this description in the area at this time.

"It is believed a woman may have entered the shop during the incident and police are urging this person to make contact with them. 

"Officers will be conducting high visibility patrols in the area and the search for the suspect continues. 

"Anyone who saw what happened or who has any other information can contact Sussex Police online or by calling 101, quoting serial 1450 of 23/11. 

"You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."