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Subway Robbery - Clayton

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Published on Nov 15, 2013

CCTV footage has been issued of the moment a robber raised a machete towards a female shop assistant, during a robbery in Clayton.

The incident happened shortly before 7.15pm on Tuesday 5 November at the Subway store on Ashton New Road.

Three masked men came into the store shortly before closing time and while one stayed next to the door to keep guard, the other two men, one armed with a machete and the other with a hammer, ran into the restaurant.

The man brandishing the hammer jumped over the counter while the man wielding the machete ran through the internal door and into the staff area at the back of the store.

The pair surrounded the 25-year-old woman and demanded she give them cash or they would hurt her. One of the men raised the machete above his head towards her as he shouted at her.

The offenders stole cash before running out of the shop towards Seymour Road South.

There were no customers inside the premises at the time of the incident and the woman was not injured.

The man carrying the wooden-handled machete is described as medium build and around 5ft 7in to 5ft 8in tall. He was wearing a black balaclava, had dark eyes and spoke with a local accent. He was wearing a navy tracksuit with blue Nike tracksuit bottoms and trainers. He wore black woollen gloves.

The man carrying the hammer is described as scrawny build, around 5ft 6in tall and believed to be 18-22 years of age. He was wearing a black balaclava and was possibly white with brown eyes. He wore a navy blue tracksuit top, navy blue tracksuit bottoms and black woollen gloves.

The man stood by the door is described as wearing a "Scream" mask, dark clothing with the hood pulled up and was around 6ft tall, of skinny build.

Detective Constable Dave Berry, based at North Manchester's Central Park police station said: "Unless anyone has been in a similar situation themselves, I don't think we can appreciate just how scared this woman must have been to have a machete threatened at her in this way by a man in a mask. And all just for a few notes from a till.

"I am appealing to anyone that may have been in the Ashton New Road area last Tuesday evening that may have seen these men either before or after the robbery took place, to get in touch.

"Did you see three men matching this description hanging around the area at around 7pm, or did you see where they ran to after Seymour Road South? You may think your information is only trivial, but it could be vital to our investigation, so please call us if you saw anything."

Anyone with information is asked to call police at Central Park on 0161 856 4288 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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