A SEARCH has been launched to find a man who allegedly threatened someone with a knife outside a food store.

On Sunday between 9.22pm and 9.30pm, a man is said to have left the Co-Op on Long Lane, Holbury without paying for his items.

Upon leaving the store, a member of the public challenged him.

But then police claim the man pulled out a knife and threatened the member of the public before running off.

Now officers are searching for the man and have released CCTV images of him at the Co-Op store.

The man is described as, white, aged between 25 and 35, around 5ft 7 inches tall, of slim build and with dark hair.

He was wearing a blue baseball cap, large dark jacket, jogging bottoms / jeans and white trainers at the time of the incident.

A Hampshire Police spokesperson, said: "Do you recognise him? Officers are also keen to identify the member of public who challenged the man. This person may be able to help with our investigation. Was this you?

"Anyone with information is asked to call us on 101 quoting reference 44210221152. Alternatively people can contact Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their anonymous online form at crimestoppers-uk.org"