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Police hunt men with machete who attacked Salford shopkeeper

Police are searching for witnesses to a robbery in Salford where a man brandishing a machete attacked a shopkeeper.

At about 9.20am on Friday 27 November two men on a motorbike pulled up outside Bargain Universal shop on Seaford Road.

The passenger of the motorbike went into the shop brandishing a machete and threatened the 40-year-old shop owner, demanding that he gave him cash.

The owner ran into the office and closed the door, but the offender followed him and swiped at the door using the machete, before stealing the till and fleeing on the waiting motorbike.

The offender is described as wearing all black clothing and a balaclava.

The man waiting on the motorbike outside is described as wearing a dark stripy hooded top, black bottoms and a balaclava.

Detective Constable Andy Quinn of Salford Division said: “The shopkeeper was terrified to be confronted by a man waving a machete.

“Fortunately, he managed to escape and lock himself in the office, but the man followed to continue his threats and violence.

“I would urge anyone who saw the men on the motorbike approaching the shop from Gerald Road in the minutes before the robbery or saw the man go into the shop, to contact police.”

Anyone with information should phone police on 0161 856 5360, 101, or call the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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