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'Frightening' CCTV shows gang armed with axe use wheelie bin to rob Co-op

The men warned staff not to move while they emptied the contents of the shop's cigarette kiosk into a blue wheelie bin. Photo: GMP

Police are asking for the public's help to catch masked men who robbed a Co-Op store in Rochdale armed with an axe.

They've released CCTV of the incident, which shows the four offenders in the Grosvenor Street shop on 13 December:

The men warned staff not to move while they emptied the contents of the shop's cigarette kiosk into a blue wheelie bin before fleeing the scene in a red Peugeot 206.

All four of them are believed to range from their mid-teens to early twenties.

Police are asking anyone who say anything suspicious in the area at the time to get in touch. Credit: GMP

Thankfully no one was hurt in the robbery, but this was obviously a frightening experience for the staff members.

Do you recognise the men in the CCTV footage? If so, please do the right thing and get in touch with police as soon as possible.

– Detective Constable Ellen Molloy