A man brandishing a knife accidentally injured a customer as he fled a shop empty-handed.
The man attempted to rob Bradley Booze and News on Leeds Road at 5.15pm on New Year’s Eve.
He entered the off-licence with a knife making demands, but he ran off when the shop-keeper raised the alarm.
The shopowner, who did not want to be named, said: “My mum was in the shop at the time.
“He didn’t get anything but he did get a customer on the way out. It’s pretty scary.”
She added: “We last got robbed in 2000.”
Det Insp Andy Leonard from Huddersfield CID said: “The suspect was brandishing a knife at the shopkeeper and demanding money from him, who pressed his panic alarm and refused to hand over any money.
“As the suspect left the store he was still holding the knife, and as a customer walked into the store they collided and the customer was left with a cut to the arm from the suspect’s knife.”
Police are now looking for a white male, of medium build, 6ft tall who was aged 25-30 and spoke with a local accent.
He had a scarf covering his face at the time of the incident.