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Police are searching for a man who was armed with a knife when he held up a pizza store in Karawara last night.

The man entered the store at the Waterford Plaza Shopping Centre on Kent Street about 10pm.

He demanded money and tried to climb the counter but left empty-handed.

A police spokeswoman said he was last seen walking towards Victoria Park on Kent Street.

The man is described as 170-180cm tall with blond hair and an English accent.

He wore blue jeans and a blue-checked shirt and had a jumper over his head.