HOTEL staff were threatened by a man wielding a screwdriver before he failed to open the safe and escaped.

The man jumped over the reception counter and demanded money from Travelodge on London Road, Newbury at around 7.30pm on January 26.

He stole an unknown amount of cash and attempted to raid the safe, before fleeing on foot in the direction of Robin Hood Roundabout.

The member of staff, a 20-year-old woman, was not injured in the incident.

Police would like to speak to the man in this CCTV image.

Investigating officer DC Robert Simpson-Jones, of Force CID in Newbury, said: “We are keen to speak to the man in the CCTV footage because we believe he has information that would help our investigation.

“We would also like to hear from anyone who was driving past at that time and may have dashcam footage of someone running from the scene.

“Anyone with information can contact the Thames Valley Police non-emergency number, 101.”