Police are appealing for the public’s assistance following an armed robbery of a takeaway store in the state’s north.

About 1.45am on Sunday, 3 February 2013, an 80-year-old man and his 56-year-old daughter were awoken by loud noises from inside their home on Queen Elizabeth Drive, Coraki.

When the man and his daughter went to inspect, they were confronted by two masked men; one armed with a machete, the other with an axe.

The offenders threatened them before demanding cash and cigarettes from their adjoining shop.

The man and woman were then forced into the woman’s Nissan Tiida and driven about 3km from Coraki before being ordered out.

Police were alerted and officers sighted the Tiida in Casino a short time later.

A pursuit was initiated, however, the pair evaded police when they stopped the car in a nearby street and fled on foot.

Investigations into the incident are continuing, and police urge anyone with information to Lismore Police.