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72-year-old man gets hit with a plank of wood during an attempted robbery in Chorlton

A robber hit a customer with a plank of wood during an attempted robbery at a Chorlton newsagents.

Shortly after 7.20pm on Tuesday 16 October 2018, police were called to reports of a robbery at C & W Etchells newsagents on Barlow Moor Road.

A 72-year-old man had been walking along Barlow Moor Road towards the newsagents when he was approached by a man on an off-road bike who made threats towards him and brandished a large piece of wood.

The man was followed inside the newsagents by the offender who proceeded to threaten the shop assistant and demanded he open the till.

The shop worker moved to the back of the shop for safety where he managed to raise the alarm.

The offender then struck the man with the piece of wood before fleeing towards Princess Road.The victim – who initially ran after the offender in an attempt to detain him – was taken to hospital where he was treated for minor head injuries.

Officers have released CCTV footage of the incident to encourage people with information to come forward.

Detective Constable Mike Ashworth, of GMP’s City of Manchester division, said: “Thankfully no-one was seriously injured and nothing was stolen from the shop but the actions of this man could easily have had far more serious consequences.

“Please have a look at the footage and if you think you might have any information that could assist us with our enquiries then please get in touch.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting incident number 1904 of 16/10/2018.Reports can also be made anonymously, through the independent charity Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.

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