A TEENAGER was robbed at knifepoint in the middle of the day.

A man pulled up in a car and threatened the 15-year-old with the weapon.

He robbed the boy of money and drove away.

The incident took place behind Sainsbury's Local at 1.40pm in Captain Street, Horwich.

A police spokesman said: "It looks like a man got out of a car and threatened the victim and stole some items from him before getting back in the car and fleeing."

An appeal was launched on social media for anyone who has information or may know the man responsible.

In the appeal the man was described as 19 years old with a Scouse accent and slim and was driving a blue car.

Mayor of Horwich, Cllr Steven Rock, said: "It is a bit of a worry. I was in the town car park about an hour before and everything seemed to be as normal.

"People were parking up and going to the shops. I had just been to a mayoral engagement at the community centre.

"In one way you wish you had been there to help but you are also glad you weren't.

"I just hope the boy is okay and police catch the culprit."

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 and quote reference 1019 of Monday, February 19.