Shot­gun gang rob cafe cus­tomers

The Mail on Sunday - - News - By Ben Ellery

AN armed gang burst into a cafe and robbed cus­tomers be­fore mak­ing their get­away in a white Range Rover – be­long­ing to one of the vic­tims and a white BMW 3 Se­ries.

Three raiders – car­ry­ing a shot­gun, a ma­chete and a base­ball bat – launched their at­tack in Manch­ester at around 10.30am yes­ter­day.

The gang de­manded that cus­tomers hand over their per­sonal be­long­ings and a set of car keys.

Three mem­bers of the pub­lic, aged in their 20s, who were in the cafe in the Moss Side dis­trict, two miles from the city cen­tre, were taken to hos­pi­tal.

Po­lice said their in­juries were not thought to be se­ri­ous.

Of­fi­cers later found the stolen Range Rover on Bow­land Drive in nearby Fal­low­field.

Po­lice said four men aged 18, 19, 23 and 58 and two other males aged 17 have been ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of rob­bery.

Su­per­in­ten­dent Mark Dex­ter said: ‘Thank­fully no one was se­ri­ously in­jured but the vic­tims have been left un­der­stand­ably shaken fol­low­ing this in­ci­dent.

‘It is thanks to the swift ac­tion of our of­fi­cers that we now have six men in cus­tody but this in­ves­ti­ga­tion is still very much on­go­ing. We are par­tic­u­larly keen to hear from any­one who saw what hap­pened, or any­one with dash­cam footage of the BMW or Range Rover.’

Last Au­gust, two chil­dren were among ten peo­ple hurt in a shoot­ing on the same week­end as the area’s an­nual Caribbean Carnival.

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