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Knife threat during shop robbery

Armed robbery
Thieves escaped with a substantial amount of cash from the safe

Armed robbers threatened to cut a teenager's ear off during a "terrifying" raid on an east Manchester shop, police have said.

Officers have released CCTV footage of the raid at B&M Home Stores in Gorton in the hope someone comes forward.

Four men burst into the shop on Hyde Road last Tuesday, demanding money and threatening staff with knives.

Police said staff were left badly shaken by the men, who escaped with a substantial amount of cash.

All four members of the gang were dressed in hooded tops, face coverings and two of the men were in distinctive high visibility jackets.

It is clear these are dangerous individuals who require bringing to justice before they have a chance to strike again
Det Con Andrew Langlands

Detectives are keen to speak to two people who were believed to be in the car park just before to the robbery at 2025 GMT on 16 December.

Det Con Andrew Langlands, of Greater Manchester Police, said: "The people in the car park may well have been a couple on their way to the nearby Showcase Cinema, and we believe they would have seen the offenders.

"You may not have realised what you saw, but moments later these thugs were terrifying their victims and showed that they were willing to use violence to get what they wanted.

"It is clear these are dangerous individuals who require bringing to justice before they have a chance to strike again."

The company has offered a cash reward for anyone who provides information that leads to the conviction of the gang.

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