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. The raid was the third time cash-in-transit robbery in Greater Manchester in the last two weeks.
In the latest incident two masked thieves armed with a machete targeted a van in Shaw1 , Oldham and ran off with several bags of coins. Police were called to reports of an armed robbery at Asda on Greenfield Lane at about 2.10pm yesterday.
Officers say the driver of the van was outside the store when one offender threatened him with a machete and demanded money.
The main robber was white, approximately 5ft 8in tall, 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.
The Asda superstore in Shaw (Image: Google)
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.
If you recognise the descriptions of the men or think you saw them or the car in the area around the time of the attack, then please get in touch.
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. Earlier this month robbers escaped with 100,000 from Santander bank in Walkden and 30,000 from the Royal Bank of Scotland in Mather Way, Pendleton, Salford, at the city s shopping centre – police are investigating whether these incidents were linked but neither are thought to be connected to Wednesday s robbery.
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The guard was carrying a cash box into the foyer at NatWest Bank, on the Bull Ring, when he was approached from behind by an unknown man who hit him over the head shortly before 10.20am. Police say the guard, who was wearing a helmet, was knocked to the floor but was uninjured. The male offender then grabbed hold of the cash box before fleeing the scene and getting into a Blue Nissan Qashqai, driven by another male, which was waiting nearby.
However, while he was running to the vehicle the suspect dropped the cash box and contents which have been recovered. The vehicle then drove away from the scene, initially travelling through the Market car park and onto Chester Way . It was later found abandoned in Weaver Road, Castle. Police describe the suspect as a white male, of slim build, who was wearing a grey hoodie, dark trousers and a black puffer jacket without sleeves . He was also wearing a black baseball cap and his face was covered.
The driver of the vehicle is described as a black man, who was wearing a red jacket, possibly checkered, and dark trousers. Investigating officer Detective Sergeant Lianne Macfarlane said: This was a serious incident and we are committed to doing all that we can to trace the people responsible.
The investigation in its early stages and we are following a number of lines of enquiry . As part of the investigation I m keen to speak to anyone was in Northwich town centre around the time this incident occurred and believes that they may have witnessed anything suspicious.
The Bull Ring is a busy junction within Northwich and I believe that there will have been lots of people in the area who may hold vital information .
I m also keen to hear from anyone who believes that they may have seen the suspects after they abandoned the vehicle in Weaver Road, Castle. Anyone with any information in relation to the incident is asked to contact Northwich Police on 101 quoting incident number 273 of 29/8/17 . Information can also be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.