Updated: Friday, 6th December 2019 @ 1:53pm

Terrified woman held at knifepoint in 'harrowing' Bury beauty shop robbery – police hunt attacker

Terrified woman held at knifepoint in 'harrowing' Bury beauty shop robbery – police hunt attacker

By Ed Owen

A knife-wielding robber who put his blade to a Bury woman’s neck before stealing cash and jewellery is being hunted by police.

The incident occurred at 10pm on January 23 while the 50-year-old victim was inside her health and beauty shop on Bury New Road, Whitefield.

Forcing his way in through the back door, the robber forced the woman into a frightening ordeal, according to Detective Constable Martin Brown from Bury CID.

He said: “This was a harrowing experience for the victim and she was left terrified.

“This man forced his way in and said he would physically harm her if she did not give into his demands.

“Even when she did, he held a knife to her throat.”

The robber demanded she give him money and jewellery, taking cash from her handbag before forcing her to remove the jewellery she was wearing.

He then held the knife to the woman’s throat and threatened her, before slapping her in the face and leaving.

The man stole a gold ring with three diamonds, a diamond ring, two diamond earrings and a matching diamond necklace. 

Police are now looking for the criminal, who is described as being stocky, 5ft 8in tall in his early to mid-20s and of mixed race.

On the day in question he wore a black synthetic mask, dark clothing and green trainers with yellow stripes.

Anyone with information should phone police on 0161 856 8248 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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