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Police release video as two people robbed on tram

Detectives in Oldham are trying to trace the victims of two robberies in Oldham.

Officers have viewed CCTV footage from the Hollinwood Metrolink station which shows the offender jumping onto the tram to steal two mobile phones.

The victims were sitting next to the open doors.

As part of the subsequent investigation a 19 year old man has been arrested on suspicion of robbery.

Police want to trace the two victims from the attack on Friday 17th January.

Thief uses a handwritten note to rob a Bury bank

Police are looking for this man who robbed a bank in Bury. Credit: PA

A thief robbed a bank in Bury after pressing a handwritten note claiming he had a gun against the cashier's window.

The man brazenly walked in the Co-Operative Bank at The Rock, Bury, at about 4.50pm on the 19 February 2014.

He approached the cashier's desk where he pulled out an A5 sized piece of paper on which was written the words 'GIVE ME YOUR MONEY. I HAVE A GUN.'

Fearing she would be attacked and harmed, the cashier gave the thief some money and he then walked off.

Inquiries have established he got into a nearby taxi and was dropped off in the Tweedale Street area of Rochdale.

Police have now released a CCTV still of the man who is described as being white, in his early 20s, of a pale and spotty complexion, a thin build, 6ft tall, with dark eyes and wearing a dark top.

Detective Sergeant Ian Partington said: "Although no weapon was physically seen, if you try and put yourselves in the shoes of the cashier, you can begin to imagine how frightened she must have been to see this note pressed against her window.

"Clearly the offender had planned what he was going to do and had written out a note with the sole intention of using the threat of a weapon to scare the woman into giving him money.

"That makes him both a desperate and potentially dangerous man, and we need to find him as soon as possible.

"We know this man got into a taxi and was driven to the Tweedale Street area in Rochdale, so I would appeal to people to look closely at this image. It may be this man lives either in the Bury or Rochdale areas and if you recognise this man, then please come forward."

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Reward to catch thieves who robbed nursing home

A reward of up to £3,000 is being offered for information on callous thieves behind a robbery at a Salford nursing home.

Four men clad in balaclavas robbed the Pendleton Court Nursing Home on Monday whilst more than 50 residents, some of whom are frail and vulnerable were there.

The gang pulled up outside the home in a stolen VW Golf which was reported stolen. It is believed they used brute force to smash up the magnetic lock at the front of the home, and once inside they burst into the office and told three members of staff, all women, to get down on the floor.

One of the thieves then frogmarched one of the women into another room, and forced her to put cash and items of jewellery belonging to the residents into a bag.

All four men then fled and jumped into the VW Golf which sped off. It was later found abandoned and burnt out on Butte Street, Salford.

Elderly man knocked to the floor during robbery

An elderly man has been taken to hospital after he was knocked to the floor during a robbery in Oldham.

The 80-year-old investigated noises upstairs at his house on High Street, Lees, last night when he was confronted by a man on the stairs.

He knocked him to the ground before running off.

Understandably, he is deeply upset after what has happened and I would ask anyone who may have seen a man fitting this description in the High Street area, to contact police.

– Detective Constable Leigh Carnally, Greater Manchester Police

A camera, money and handbag were stolen.

The offender is described as being Asian, 5ft tall and of stocky build. He wore a red, blue and black scarf across his face and a hooded jacket.

Anyone with information should phone police on 0161 856 8821 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Machete-wielding robbers jailed

Wayne Clarkson Credit: GMP

Two men who robbed a corner shop in Greater Manchester, while brandishing a machete, have been jailed for 7 years.

Wayne Clarkson and Carl Hayburn, both 42 and from Shrivenham Walk in Manchester, wore balaclavas as they walked into a Spar store on Moorcroft Road, Northern Moor.

Carl Hayburn Credit: GMP

They threatened a shop worker, even as he served another customer, taking just over £300 and tobacco.

The pair were caught when that tobacco, and stolen cash, was found along with clothes they tried to dispose of.

Detective Andy Bromley says: “Although no one was hurt during the robbery, both men showed extreme aggression and threatened the shop worker with a machete."

Charity cash robbed in Manchester

Two robbers have stolen money, raised for charity, from a bakery in Manchester.

The men stormed into the store in Openshaw's Lime Square yesterday, pushing the staff into a backroom. They fled with cash including donations.

The raised money was destined for the 'Children in Need' appeal. Officers say the robbery was "callous" and left the staff "traumatised".

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Police release CCTV after jewellery shop robbed

Police CCTV

Police have released CCTV images following an armed robbery in Blackburn last month.

At just before 3pm on the 20th September, two men entered Humberstones Jewellers on King William Street, one of whom was armed with what appeared to be a black handgun.


Police CCTV

The man threatened the staff and then with the other man, proceeded to smash the cabinets with hammers and stole a large quantity of high value watches which they placed into a satchel which the second offender was carrying. Both offenders then fled the scene on foot, going in different directions.

Police CCTV

Detective Inspector Mark Vaughton said; “Fortunately, no one was injured but understandably everyone involved has been left extremely shaken by what can only be described as a terrifying ordeal.

Police CCTV

“An investigation is underway and I would appeal to anybody that may have witnessed either; the robbery itself or the offenders leaving the scene to contact police immediately. In particular, if anyone recognises the men in the images then I would urge them to contact us as soon as possible.

“I would also appeal to anyone who may have seen anybody acting suspiciously in the area not only this afternoon but in the days leading up to the robbery to come forward and speak with police."

Police search for wanted robber

Andrew Birchall Credit: GMP

Police are appealing for the public's help to trace a wanted man. Andrew Birchall, of no fixed address, was sentenced to 40 months imprisonment for robbery and burglary in 2009. Officers say he's failed to adhere to the terms of his licence since his release and is now wanted on recall to prison.

He has links to the Ashton and Droylsden areas of Tameside, Greater Manchester. Anyone with information is asked to call police on the 101 number 24hrs or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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