A MASKED raider ran off empty-handed after a brave post office cashier refused his demand for money.

The man went into the post office in West Street, Farnham, at around 9.40am on September 16 and pushed an envelope over the counter.

He demanded money from the female cashier and threatened her with violence, although he did not appear to be carrying a weapon.

When the cashier refused and alerted her manager the man fled empty-handed across West Street and down Church Passage.

The suspect is in his late teens, between 5ft 6in and 5ft 7in tall and slim.

He has a local accent and wore a large dark blue fisherman-style hat, dark top, blue jeans and light trainers.

He used a dark blue scarf to cover his face.

A spokesman for Consignia, the company which owns Britain's post offices, said: "We are working with the police.

"No staff or customers were injured or suffered shock in the incident and the office continued working normally.

"Security and the safety of all staff and customers at our offices is paramount.

"For obvious reasons we cannot comment on any security measures we have in place, but security is reviewed on a regular basis.

"Staff are given training on safety and security and our retail line managers are on hand to advise on a daily basis.

"The Post Office offers full support to anyone who may suffer as a result of criminal attacks of this kind."

Police are now checking CCTV footage to see if it can help them identify the raider and his movements.

They are also appealing for any witnesses who saw the offender hanging around in the West Street area before the incident or anyone who saw him escaping from the post office.

Please call Det Con Paul Woodfield at Farnham CID on 01252 716262.