Masked pair raid city shop
Two masked men threatened a member of staff at a city newsagents before fleeing with cigarettes.
The thieves, both in their mid-20s, entered Martin's, in Hinckley Road, Westcotes, at about 6.20pm on Saturday.
They threatened a female member of staff and tried to get into the till before giving up and making off with some packets of cigarettes.
Shop worker Christine Stephens said her colleague was in the back of the shop when the men came in.
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"They both had their faces covered and they were all dressed in black," she said.
"One of them told her to stay in the back and kept an eye on her while the other one tried to get the till open.
"He tried scanning a pack of cigarettes to get into the till but that didn't work, so they gave up and ran off with just some cigarettes."
Police said the first robber is black, slim and about 5ft 10in.
He was wearing a black hat and a black scarf over his nose and mouth, a shiny black Puffa-style jacket, dark trousers, black canvas plimsolls with white trim around the sole and black gloves.
The second man is white, of medium build and about 5ft 8in. He was wearing a black top with the hood up, dark trousers and a black balaclava.
Detective Constable Luke Brooks said: "We are keen to speak to anyone who was in this area at the time and would like anyone who may have seen someone acting suspiciously before the incident took place to contact us."
Anyone with information can contact the police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.