Crime

Armed gang threaten Co-op staff and customers during raid at Brooklands shop

By Barbara Metcalfe at

An armed gang held staff and customers at gunpoint during an early morning raid at the Co-op in Brooklands this week.

The robbery happened shortly after 8.30pm on Tuesday during which  police were called to reports of an armed robbery at the store on Maple Road.

Four men – who police say were armed with a suspected gun and a hammer – entered the convenience store and threatened members of staff and customers whilst demanding cash from the tills.

The robbers – who were all dressed in black – fled on foot with cash and cigarettes along Maple Road towards Wendover Road, where they got into a vehicle and drove away.

Specific details of the car are not known but police want to speak to anyone who saw a silver Nissan Micra or a Light Blue Audi in the area at the time.

Detective Sergeant Tim Berry, of GMP’s City of Manchester division, said: “Thankfully no-one was injured during this incident but several people who were in the store at the time have been left incredibly shaken at the hands of these men.

“We are reviewing CCTV footage and are collating witness statements as part of our enquiries but would urge anyone who saw a silver Nissan Micra or a Light Blue Audi or anyone acting suspiciously in the area last night to get in touch with us.

“We are determined to find the men responsible so if you have any information that could assist our investigation, please call police.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting incident number 2001 of 15/01/2019, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111..