Updated: Tuesday, 25th February 2020 @ 1:10pm

Masked men armed with knives and a shotgun hold up Didsbury restaurant Gusto

Masked men armed with knives and a shotgun hold up Didsbury restaurant Gusto

By James Haviland

Masked men armed with knives and a shotgun attacked staff at a Didsbury restaurant on Sunday, injuring two and escaping with a large amount of cash.

The manager and three members of staff were held at the back of the restaurant and forced to open the safe around 11.15pm.

During the incident at Gusto on Wilmslow Road a waiter was hit on the back of his head with a gun while another was slashed on the face with a knife.

Police say that neither victim was badly injured, but both were left badly shaken as the robbers made their escape.

Detective Constable Dave Lees, of South Manchester CID, said: “It is completely unacceptable to threaten restaurant staff who are simply trying to do their jobs.

“They work long hours and should never be subjected to violence at their place of work.

“Thankfully, they had the presence of mind to comply with the demands of the robbers – if they hadn’t, then we could be talking about an even more serious crime.”

The men are described as white, two with slim builds. One was between 5ft 10in and 6ft tall, with a black bomber jacket and a six inch knife.

The other was about 5ft 7in tall and wore a grey sports jacket with dark sleeves and a large knife.

The third offender - the gunman - was stockier than the others, about 5ft 10in tall wore a black jacket, black gloves and carried a single barrelled shotgun about 10 inches long.

Police anyone who saw men acting suspiciously in the area or with any information to call Longsight CID on 0161 856 4264 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.