/ Armed robbery of shop in Over Hulton

Police appealing for information after five men robbed a convenience shop in Over Hulton.

At around 8.15pm on Sunday 12 November 2017, police were called to reports of an armed robbery at a McColls on Newbrook Road.

Five men wearing balaclavas entered the shop, one of which was brandishing a crow bar.

They threatened the staff behind the counter, demanding that they hand the cigarettes over and emptying the tills into a bag they were carrying.

The group then demanded access to the safe, which they emptied, before escaping around the back of the shop.

Detective Constable Leanne Blake of GMP’s Bolton Borough, said: “This group of five, masked, men carrying a crow bar must have been a very intimidating sight for the people in the shop at the time.

“The men have terrified employees who were simply going about their job, taking their sense of security away from them.

“Given the time that this robbery took place, I’m urging anyone who saw the group of men, or who heard a disturbance in the area, to please contact police.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 5757 or 101, quoting incident number 2126 of 12/11/17. This can also be done anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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