An armed man fled empty-handed after attempting to rob a village post office in the Harborough district.
The raid happened at Dunton Bassett Post Office and newsagents, north of Lutterworth, between 5.15pm and 5.20pm on Monday.
A man entered the premises in Main Street, and threatened a member of staff with what has been described as a firearm.
Police say the man “demanded money in a threatening manner” before leaving empty-handed .
The Mail understands that no members of staff were injured during the incident.
The suspect is described as wearing dark clothing and a balaclava.
Leicestershire Police are still looking into whether a vehicle was involved. None was seen or heard by staff, police said today (Wednesday).
A National Police Air Service helicopter, based at Sulby near Husbands Bosworth, was scrambled to Dunton Bassett at 5.30pm, to assist police.
No-one has been arrested in connection with the attempted robbery.
Police said enquiries are in their early stages but they said that “reassurance patrols” have been stepped-up in the normally peaceful village, which has a population of about 800 people.
Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call the police 101 number and quote crime incident reference number 469 of December 1.
Alertantively, call CRimestoppers, which is anonymous, on 0800 111 333.
Story by Alex Dawson.