West Yorkshire Police are appealing for witnesses following a dumbbell-wielding robbery at a petrol station in Wakefield.

The incident happened at the Jet Petrol station on Doncaster Road in the town of South Elmsall at around 5:05am on 6 March.

According to police, a man entered the service station threatening staff with a dumbbell, before fleeing in a silver coloured Mercedes B Class vehicle with a quantity of cash and alcohol.

The suspect is described as white and in his 30s, wearing a distinctive multi-coloured bandana around his face.

The incident followed a number of recent robberies across the UK, including an incident in the West Midlands in which a female convenience store worker was attacked by masked men armed with baseball bats and a robbery at a McColl’s store in Derbyshire.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact Wakefield District CID on 101 referencing crime number 13190114833. Information can also be given online to 101Livechat at https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/101LiveChat or anonymously to the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.