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Man shot in bookmakers' robbery

A 57-year-old man was shot in the chest during an attempted armed robbery at a Greater Manchester bookmakers.

The man was shot by a ball-bearing gun when two masked men went into the Ben Holmes bookmakers on Chapel Walk, Middleton, on Saturday morning.

The men demanded cash and a struggle ensued between the robbers and the man, during which he was shot in the chest.

Police said this was the second time the business had been targeted but was the first time a gun was discharged.

One of the offenders was said to have ginger hair and police are appealing to anyone who saw these men to come forward.

Det Con Mike Berger, of Greater Manchester Police, said: "To descend to this level of violence shows we are looking for some quite dangerous individuals who have no qualms about firing a gun, and we are doing everything we can to find them and lock them up.

"I would also strongly urge shopkeepers to be vigilant at this time and ensure all security measures are checked and are up-to-date."

The offenders fled empty-handed and the victim was taken to hospital to have the pellets removed and was released shortly afterwards.

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