Armed raid terror at store
ROBBERS wearing balaclavas threatened shop workers with a clawhammer and pistol before stealing around £3,000.
Two men walked into the Spar on Stanycliffe Lane in Middleton and jumped over the counter during the raid.
Another two men were seen waiting outside with motorbikes.
The men who stormed the shop were concealing their faces with balaclavas and brandishing a clawhammer and pistol as they threatened two female employees, aged in their 50s.
They vaulted the store’s counter and discovered a safe which was screwed onto the floor.
The men managed to rip the safe from the floor.
They did not prise it open in the store, instead they used a bed sheet to carry it outside.
The two workers locked themselves in a store room for safety until the men left.
They were not injured during the incident, but have been left shaken.
The group of men were seen fleeing from the scene towards the end of Stanycliffe Lane in the direction of Moor Close.
It is understood the safe contained around £3,000.
The men who entered the shop are thought to be aged around 21 and were both wearing black clothing, balaclavas and gloves.
One man was around 6ft tall, while another was around 5ft 7in tall.
Greater Manchester Police say no arrests have been made at this stage.
A GMP spokesman said: “We were called just after 9.20pm to reports that two men in balaclavas and dark clothing have gone into a shop and threatened staff with a hammer and a pistol before taking a quantity of cash and leaving.”
Anyone with further information can call GMP on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, quoting reference number 2232/October 22.