Police are appealing for information following a robbery at a shop in Rayleigh yesterday.
Two men wearing hooded tops and balaclavas went into M&S Confectioners, London Road at around 6.10am Sunday, January 7 armed with what has been described as a gun and an axe.
They demanded money and one of the men grabbed a member of staff.
The member of staff was not injured but pressed an alarm which caused the men to run off.
Nothing was taken.
Police have released a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to in connection with the incident.
They have also released an image of car which drove past the shop as the men were leaving and may have seen them.
Anyone with any information about the incident can contact Detective Constable Andy Coles at Southend CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.