A robbery at a Salford petrol station that saw a cashier violently assaulted has sparked a manhunt from police.
The incident took place at 7.05pm on Wednesday November 5, when three masked men stormed the Shell garage on Eccles New Road.
They pushed customers aside, before jumping over the counter and punching the cashier in the face several times, stealing money and cigarettes from the till area during the attack.
The offenders then left the garage and fled the scene on motorbikes, some of which were later recovered on nearby Cotterill Street.
Detective Constable Cathy Blain, based at Salford, said: “This was a frightening attack on the cashier that left him distressed and badly shaken up.
“He wasn’t badly injured but this had the potential to be more serious. The offenders had no qualms about entering a busy shop, with customers already inside, and carrying out this violent robbery.”
One of the men is described as wearing a black crash helmet, and another wore a blue and white crash helmet. The third had his hood up and was wearing dark sportswear.
DC Blain has since urged potential witnesses to come forward.
She added: “Were you one of the customers in the shop? Did you see the offenders leave after the robbery, or see them dump the bikes afterwards?”
Anyone with information should contact DC Blain on 65361 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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