Bungling robbers target Farnworth Post Office but leave empty handed

6:00am Tuesday 25th March 2014

By Miranda Newey

ROBBERS who threatened customers and staff in a Post Office may have struck twice in one day.

A robber wielding a baseball bat and two other men burst into Farnworth Post Office in Brackley Street on Saturday at 11.15am. The man with the baseball bat waved it around, telling customers to get on the floor.

One of the gang attempted to open the tills before the men left empty handed.

They escaped in a stolen Toyota Auris and drove off towards Albert Road, Farnworth.

The car was dumped in Stourbridge Avenue, Little Hulton, at about 12.30pm the same day.

Detectives believe the gang may have targeted Subway on the East Lancashire Road, Swinton, earlier the same day at 8.45am. Demands for cash were made.

A woman, who was working in Subway, ran out of the store. The suspects stole cash and left in a black car, driving along Broadbent Street, Swinton.

Two of the men are described as being white and about 5ft 6in tall. One was stocky and had a round face.

Det Cons Stuart Round said: “We are investigating the possibility that these two robberies, in which innocent people were intimidated and threatened, are connected.

“Both occurred in daylight hours by a number of men who clearly have no regard for the safety and wellbeing of the public.

“If anyone witnessed either incident and is yet to speak to police or has information about those involved please come forward.

“I would also like to hear from anyone who saw the car being abandoned to call me.”

People with information can call police on 0161 856 5608 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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