Armed raid ter­ror at store

Rochdale Observer - - LITERATURE AND IDEAS FESTIVAL -

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.

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