Police appeal after bakery robbery

POLICE are appealing for the public’s help after two men armed with a knife stormed into a bakery and made off with more than £2000.

At 8.35am on Saturday 14th March 2015, two men entered Greggs bakery on Old Church Street, Newton Heath, Manchester, armed with a knife.

They hopped over the counter and directed two members of staff into the back room, threatening them with the weapon unless they handed over cash.

The terrified staff directed the offenders to the safe, where the men then grabbed around £2000 before jumping back over the counter and running off.

The first offender is described as white, around 5ft 7in tall, mid-30s and with a slim build. He was wearing dark trousers and a dark tracksuit top with the hood pulled around his face. He was holding a distinctive knife with brown tape wrapped around the handle.

The second offender is described as white, around 5ft 7in tall, slim build, and spoke with a local accent. He was wearing dark jeans and a dark hooded top with the hood covering his face.

Detective Constable Martin Riley said: “This robbery has left the staff members shaken from their ordeal, though the robbers were at least polite enough to apologise to them before they ran off.

“They thankfully did not act on their threats of violence, but that takes nothing away from the severity of this crime.

“We would like any member of the public who may have seen these men running from the scene, or who believe they have any information that would assist our enquiry, to contact police.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 3521 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.