‘Brazen’ ma­chete duo rob se­cu­rity guard

Rochdale Observer - - FRONT PAGE -

MASKED men armed with a ma­chete am­bushed a se­cu­rity guard in a ‘brazen’ rob­bery as he de­liv­ered cash to a su­per­mar­ket in mid­dle of the day.

They tar­geted a van at Asda on Green­field Lane in Shaw and ran off with sev­eral bags of coins, shortly af­ter 2.10pm on Wed­nes­day.

Po­lice say the driver of the van was out­side the store when one of­fender threat­ened him with the knife and de­manded money.

The thief then fled with the cash in a green Ford Fo­cus that was driven by a sec­ond of­fender down East­way in the di­rec­tion of Oldham.

The main rob­ber was white, ap­prox­i­mately 5ft 8in, slim and in his mid-twen­ties. He wore a blue track­suit top and bot­toms with a green hood.

The sec­ond man was white, wore a black jacket and black track­suit bot­toms with a white stripe at the top and a beige base­ball cap. Both sus­pects wore bal­a­clavas to con­ceal their iden­tity and gloves.

Det Con Stu­art Cross­ley of GMP’s Oldham bor­ough, said: “This was a brazen at­tack that hap­pened in broad day­light at one of the busi­est times of the day.

“For­tu­nately, the vic­tim wasn’t in­jured, but no­body should have to en­dure such a trau­matic ex­pe­ri­ence when they are just try­ing to do their job. We have launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion and I would ask that any­body who thinks they may know some­thing that can as­sist with our in­ves­ti­ga­tion to please con­tact po­lice.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion should call po­lice on 101, quot­ing in­ci­dent num­ber 1089 of 20 Septem­ber 2017, or the in­de­pen­dent char­ity Crimestop­pers, anony­mously, on 0800 555 111.

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