A WORKER at a Subway fast food store in Newport has told the Argus how a man threatened to choke him and raid the safe during an early hours attempted robbery.

The incident happened at around 12.20am yesterday morning at the Subway in the city's Cardiff Road.

The worker about to close the premises when he was approached by a man who threatened him and told him to open the safe.

Speaking to the Argus, the member of staff – who wished to remain anonymous – said: "I was waiting for the final customers to finish eating and leave the store, [and] as I’m putting my food in the fridge – a 20 second job – I come back out and there was a guy stood next to my till."

The man threatened to come behind the counter, 'choke out' the worker, and open the safe himself, the worker said.

Bravely, the Subway worker refused to comply with the man's demands. He ran and pressed the alarm, prompting the man to run off.

"I couldn’t really think," the Subway worker said. "My mind just panicked and I just thought about what I had to do and not to let them near the safe or till."

The staff member was not harmed during the incident.

The offender is described as being white, in his mid- to late 20s, around 5ft 11in tall, of stocky build and wearing a black jacket.

Anyone who may be able to help identify the offender is asked to telephone 101. quoting reference number 1900346076.

Alternatively, you can send a direct message to the Gwent Police Facebook or Twitter pages, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.