Man in scarf used knife to demand cash

The scene of the armed robbery
The scene of the armed robbery

A MANHUNT has been launched after a crook threatened a member of staff during an armed robbery in Platt Bridge.

Police were called after reports of a raid at the Post Office on Walthew Lane at 3.05pm on Friday afternoon.

The drama began when a man entered the store and produced a large knife.

He then threatened staff and ordered stunned workers to hand over money.

Detectives say the raider fled with a large amount of cash when the store’s alarm was sounded.

Police are now urging any members of the public to come forward with information.

They say the offender was wearing two distinctive scarves to hide his face.

A police spokesman said: “The offender entered the Post Office and appeared to be carrying a bag.

“However, he then grabbed a member of staff by the arm and threatened her with a knife and made demands for cash.

“Cash was stolen, an alarm was activated and that prompted the man to leave.

“He is described as being white, about 6ft tall and was slim built.

“He had two scarves. One was black and cream on the lower part of his face and the other was red on the top of his head.

“We are asking any witneses to come forward. Particularly with it being a Friday afternoon, it was quite busy in the area and there may have been stationary traffic with people on the way to schools.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or 0161 856 7321.