TWO men armed with blades and one wearing a vampire mask threatened staff as they robbed the Fortune Cookie Chinese Restaurant in Great Ayton.

It happened at about 7.50pm on Monday, November 12 when two men, both armed with 6” bladed weapons, entered the restaurant on the High Street and demanded money.

One man is described as medium build, wearing camouflage trousers (possibly green/brown), a blue/grey Adidas jacket style top with three stripes down the arms and logo on left side.

He was holding the bladed weapon in his right hand, wearing red gloves and wearing a vampire mask.

The other man is described as large build with a Teesside accent, wearing an olive green jacket and a blue scarf/snood around his face.

He was wearing dark coloured trousers and shoes.

The men stole an amount of cash and made off on foot in an unknown direction.

Officers attended and searched the area but the offenders have not yet been found.

Detective Sergeant Michele Fawcett said:

“Thankfully, no-one was injured, however the staff were terrified and have been left extremely shaken. This was a very serious incident and we are doing all we can to identify the offenders.

“We are asking anyone who witnessed the incident, saw anything suspicious in the area at the time or may have any footage that may assist, to contact police.

“If you think you might have seen the two men yesterday evening in the area, please also contact police. Any piece of information you can provide could assist this investigation.”

Call North Yorkshire Police on 101. Press option 1 and speak to the Force Control Room.

Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Quote reference number 12180211953 when passing on any information.