Police were called to an Asda supermarket in Stoke-on-Trent last night following an attempted armed robbery.
Three men with their faces covered and armed with weapons including a hammer and a bar struck as the store on Victoria Road in Fenton was closing.
They forced two members of staff, a man and a woman, and a male customer back into the store and made threats, demanding cash. The male member of staff was punched in the face but did not require medical treatment.
The offenders fled the scene empty-handed.
All three were wearing dark-coloured clothing and had their faces covered with clothing. They also wore hats/baseball caps and hoods pulled over their faces.
A 93-year-old lady has been rescued by firefighters following a fire in her home in Fenton, Staffordshire.
Crews were called to the scene in Victoria Road at around 10:00pm last night.
A neighbour raised the alarm after seeing lots of smoke.
The lady was taken to hospital for precautionary checks.
Police are hunting a suspected thief who slashed a young woman with a knife when she confronted him in her garden.
Gemma Ball from Fenton in Stoke-on-Trent has been left with a scar after the attacker slashed her with a flick knife. She challenged him when her dog Bella started barking.
Gemma Ball, 20, needed internal stitches to the flesh in her face after a man pulled a blade on her when she caught him in the back garden of her home in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire.
A woman has been attacked in broad daylight in her own back garden after disturbing an intruder.
Gemma Ball from Fenton in Staffordshire went to let her dogs out into the garden when she disturbed a man who kicked her pets before pulling a knife on her.
Fenton Town may not be on your radar as one of the Midlands' big-name football teams, but its had one of the most extraordinary turn-arounds this season, and all thanks, they say, to Central Tonight
Stoke-on-Trent's Division Two Power league final.
Fenton Town are feeling confident as they have turned their fortunes around.
When Central News last met the team they had just one win under their belt.
After appearing on Central Tonight, they went on a winning streak.
And 10 back to back victories earned them promotion to Division One