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Dramatic video of knife-weilding raiders attacking shop

Robbery caught on camera inside shop in Chadderton Photo: Greater Manchester Police

Police have released a video of a robbery in which a shop worker almost lost a finger during a violent robbery in Chadderton.

At about 9.35pm on Saturday 20 April 2013, three masked men burst into the S and P convenience store on Coalshaw Green Road.

One was armed with a hunting knife and another had a small Samurai sword.

They immediately swung the weapons at the two members of staff working at the counter, who were desperately trying to get the till opened up.

During the altercation, the sword was swung towards a 22-year-old man, who raised his hands to defend himself, only for one of his fingers to be badly cut.

It was almost cut off and has had to be stitched back on.

The man continues to recover in hospital. His colleague, a 24-year-old man, had his necklace prised off him and was slashed to the forearm and back after being attacked with the knife.

He needed three stitches to his arm. After stealing some cash, the offenders ran off. They are described as being white men in their late teens to early 20s, in dark clothing.

The man with the Samurai sword was wearing a dark Adidas T-shirt with a motif on the front. The Rudrashka necklace is of significant value to the 24-year-old man, who is Hindu.

Detective Constable Richard Whiting said: "This was a violent and reckless robbery carried out by three young men who were out of control.

"The injury that one of the men suffered to his finger was horrific, yet it is fortunate that nobody was more seriously hurt, such was the threat that came with these dangerous weapons.

"I would appeal to anyone who may have seen the offenders entering or leaving the shop to call us, and we also ask that anyone who may have information about this offence to call us.

"Robberies of this nature are rare and we are determined to catch the people responsible."