One gunman armed with a handgun left a pensioner badly shaken after a raid at a card shop in Prenton.

The man entered Best Wishes card shop on Woodchurch Road and demanded cash from the till at 5.30pm on Wednesday.

He pushed the 75-year-old owner out of the way and helped himself to cash in the till before running off towards Cambridge Road. 

The man is white, around 6ft tall, of average build with a moustache or heavy stubble.

He was wearing a black or dark hooded sweat shirt and blue jeans and was carrying what the victim described as a small black handgun. 

Armed response officers searched the area for him, assisted by dog patrols, but he has not yet been found.

An investigation is underway with CCTV and house-to-house inquiries ongoing in the area. 

Detective inspector Mike Dalton said: “This was a frightening incident for this local shopkeeper who was thankfully not hurt, only shaken, by what the offender did.

"Only a small amount of cash has been stolen from the till however we will not tolerate this kind of crime against decent, law-abiding members of our community.

"The offender ran out of the shop in the direction of Cambridge Road during a busy time of the evening when people were coming home from work, collecting their kids from school or at the shops.

"If you remember seeing anything untoward in this part of Prenton at 5.30pm on Wednesday night then please let us know.

"Any information you have, however small, might help us catch this man.” 

If you have any information call the investigation team on 0151 777 2265 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.