Police are appealing for witnesses following an incident on Middlebrook Drive in Lostock
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Officers received a report at 9.56am this morning (Saturday 18 September) of a man approaching a woman on Middlebrook Drive and brandishing what has been reported as a firearm before walking away, leaving the woman unharmed but understandably alarmed.
Officers attended and remain at the scene while enquiries take place.
Detective Chief Inspector Kate Atton, of Bolton CID, said: "We are currently trying to locate this man, who is described as white, aged over 30, around 5'5ins tall, with blonde hair and wearing a hoodie and grey pants. He was reported to have been wearing a blue surgical mask at the time of the incident.
"We believe that this is an isolated incident at this time and we are currently following a number of lines of enquiry.
"Anyone who sees this man is asked to contact 999.
"Alternatively, anyone with information, or anyone who may have witnessed this incident is asked to contact 0161 856 5757, quoting reference number 1225 of the 18 September 2021."