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Knife held to child in robbery in Manchester

Greater Manchester Police investigate knife robbery Photo: PA Pictures

Three men held a knife to a child during a robbery in the Levenshulme area of Manchester.

At around 7.45pm on Friday December 22, the 35-year-old woman was in her home on Barlow Road when three men forced their way in.

They demanded property and held a knife to the victim’s child before they used pliers to cut six bangles from the woman’s arm.

They appeared to be disturbed by a noise before all three ran off, taking the jewellery.

They are described as being white, wearing dark clothing and balaclavas

The bangles are described as being made of Asian gold, thin with a pattern around the edge.

Detective Constable Gareth Croll from North Manchester CID said: “This was a shocking robbery that left the victims terrified and no longer feeling safe in their own home.

I find it hard to believe that these men did not think twice about threatening a defenceless child to get what they wanted. Thankfully no-one was hurt but it has left mental scars.

– DC Gareth Croll, Greater Manchester Police

“I would firstly urge anyone who may have seen these men in or around the area to contact us. They clearly have no morals and need to be caught as soon as possible. If you have any information that may help us bring these men to justice, we would like to hear from you.

“Secondly, if you or if you know anyone who may have been approached and offered these bangles or any jewellery under suspicious circumstances, please phone police.”

Anyone with information should phone police on 0161 856 3020 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.