‘Skull’ raider strikes at shop

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DETECTIVES are hunting a masked raider wielding a machete who tried to rob a Halifax newsagent.

The culprit – wearing a skull mask and carrying a rucksack – burst into Taylor’s in Moor End Road, Pellon, between 1.30pm and 1.45pm on Wednesday.

He demanded cash but staff refused and pressed a panic alarm. The man grabbed cigarettes before fleeing towards Ashville Gardens. He is described as 6ft 4ins tall and slim.

Police say the area was busy when he attacked and are urging anyone who saw him or anyone acting suspiciously to get in touch.

Call Calderdale CID on 0845 6060606 or CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.