A DISTRICT nurse was threatened by a thug who said he had a knife in a robbery on Monday.

The nurse was approached by a man at around 8.30am on May Street in Golborne on her normal rounds and asked her for drugs.

The victim said nurses don't carry drugs and leave them at patients' homes.

He then demanded her to hand over her sharp box, which contained dirty needles, and told her he had a knife.

A knife was not seen but as the suspect had his right hand in his pocket the nurse feared for her safety and gave the sharp box to him.

She made her way to her nearby car and was followed by the man so she discharged a red spray dye to his face and upper body.

The offender then made off down May Street in the direction of Poplar Street.

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He is described as being a white man in his thirties, very slim and gaunt looking, with short dark hair.

He was wearing a ribbed black puffer jacket, dirty blue jeans and black trainers.

The dye that was sprayed in his face is difficult to remove so he will have a red face for several days at least.

If you have any details of the incident contact police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.