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Robbers threaten staff with machete and fill shopping baskets with cigarettes

March 14, 2013, 1:38 pm

Robbers threatened staff with a machete and filled a shopping basket with cigarettes during a raid on a Tameside store.

At 10.10pm on Wednesday 6 March 2013, two men entered the Co-Op on King’s Road, Ashton-under-Lyne and threatened staff with a machete.

The pair stole cash from the till and made staff fill shopping baskets with a large quantity of cigarettes

They then ran off with the cash and shopping baskets filled with cigarettes before getting into a red Subaru Impreza, which was later found abandoned on Ravensbury Street, Clayton after colliding with a white transit van.

One offender one was wearing a full blue tracksuit, black gloves and was armed with a machete. He had his hood up and face covered and spoke with a Manchester accent.

The second offender was wearing a full red or burgundy tracksuit and black gloves. He also had his hood up and face covered and was taller than his accomplice.

Detective Constable Joe Harrop, from the Tameside Organised Crime Team, said: “Did you see the robbery or offenders fleeing? Do you know who is responsible or have you seen or heard someone trying to off load cheap cigarettes? If so please call us.

“I am also eager to hear from anyone who saw a red Subaru Impreza near to the Co-Op before the robbery, saw it travelling at speed in the Ashton or Clayton areas or who witnessed it being abandoned on Ravensbury Street.

“The threats towards the staff have left them shaken but thankfully they were not physically injured and they can be reassured we will do all we can to identify the offenders.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 9247, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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