CCTV images taken from inside Coopers in Barnstaple show armed robber aiming gun at jewellery shop owner before fleeing shop.

CCTV images have emerged of the attemped armed robbery which took place in Coopers Jewellers in Barnstaple on Thursday.

Police are asking anyone who saw the offender in the images on this page to come forward.

DI Praveen Naidoo, of Barnstaple police, said: “The offender is wearing a mask in the photo, it is possible that this may have been discarded by the offender leaving the scene. “If any member of the public comes across the mask we’d ask that they contact the police quoting police log 596 28/5/15

“We are actively pursuing a number of enquiries and are keen to hear from any member of the public who may know the identity of the offender and anyone who may have seen them without the mask.”

“The offender may well have received injuries as a result of this incident and it is likely that someone in the community knows who is responsible. I’d encourage them to come forward.”

“We are fortunate that we live in a safe part of the country and this type of occurance is infrequent.”

Read how jewellery shop owner David Bruce fought off the offender with a baseball bat by clicking here.