Police have appealed for witnesses after a woman staff member at Marks & Spencer in Devizes was assaulted during a robbery in the store.

The incident took place in the Marks and Spencer’s store on Monday Market Street at 6.30pm on Saturday.

Two men entered the store before one of them went behind a female cashier and grabbed her with one arm.

While he was doing this, he took a large amount of cash from the till using his other hand.

The two men then left the store having been chased off by another member of staff. They dashed off across New Park Street and were last seen heading into New Park Road.

The first man is described as white, in his mid-30s, about 5ft 10ins to 6ft tall with short brown hair. The second man is described as mixed race, in his early 30s, about 6ft tall and bald.

The police have released CCTV stills of two men officers would like to speak to in connection with this incident.

PC Scott Barrett of Melksham CID said: "This unprovoked and violent attack has left the female cashier extremely distressed and shocked. She also sustained an injury to her hand.

"Wiltshire Police will not tolerate this kind of attack, and I would like to reassure the public that this is an isolated incident in Devizes.

"I would urge anyone with information, no matter how small, to come forward immediately as this may prove vital in this investigation."

If you know who these men are, or witnessed any of this incident, contact PC Scott Barrett on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.

The Marks and Spencer store has been the target of shoplifters for some time but this is the first occasion that violence has been used to steal from there.