Axe-wielding robber and armed accomplice target Waggon and Horses pub in Tameside

By Helen Le Caplain

A robber held an axe to a woman’s face during an armed raid on a Tameside pub last month.

It happened at about 1.10am on July 7 when staff were locking up at the Waggon and Horses on Mottram Road, Stalybridge.

Two masked men came through the back door of the pub brandishing an axe and a crow bar.

The axe-wielding robber then approached a female staff member and held an axe so closely to her face that it touched her teeth.

They demanded the staff hand over money before the offenders ran off towards Matley Lane, Hyde.

Detective Constable Simon Cropper of Tameside CID said: “The level of intimidation and threat involved in this awful crime went well beyond what was necessary to steal some cash.

“The woman offered no resistance whatsoever yet the robber with the axe held it to her face while he screamed at her to open the safe.

“It was so close she could actually feel the blade on her teeth.

“This will be a moment that will no doubt live with her forever but I am confident that, with the right support around her, she will be able to move on from this.

“We are doing everything in our power to catch these robbers and I am sure there are people out there who can help us.

“Do you know anyone who fits their description or have you heard anyone boasting about stealing money from a Tameside pub?  If you do, please contact us.”

One man is described as being white, wearing a dark coloured hooded top with a cap underneath and had his face covered.

He was carrying an orange handled axe.

The second man was wearing a dark coloured hooded top and had his face covered.  

He was carrying a crowbar.

Anyone with information should phone police on 0161 856 9263 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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