Feckless thugs brandish gun and axe in Oldham hijacking… but make red-faced getaway on foot as car stalls

Two inept thugs who held up a car with a gun and axe in Oldham hijack had to make an embarrassing getaway on foot – because they stalled the car.

The attack took place on Busk Road at around 1.50am on Monday morning when a man approached the VW Golf and pointed a gun to the driver’s head.

The gunman’s accomplice threatened the four friends – aged between 19-23 – with an axe in order to get them to empty their pockets and hand over the car keys.

The bumbling hoodlums took their victims’ phones and tried to make off in the car before stalling it and running away towards Denmark Street. 

Detective Constable Ged Hollywood said: “The four men were minding their own business and happily talking to each other when they were targeted.

“Not only were they told to get out of the car but one of them had a gun held to his head. This must have been terrifying for him and his friends but thankfully they did not receive any physical injuries.”

Both men have been described as Asian and around 5ft 7in tall. One was of a large build and wore a blue balaclava, blue cardigan jacket, khaki Timberland boots and held a pistol.

The second wore a sock hat covering his face, black cardigan jacket and held an axe.

Detective Hollywood said: “I would appeal to anyone who may have seen these men either committing the crime or leaving the scene, to contact police as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information should phone police on 0161 856 9063 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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