A terrifying shotgun robbery left staff badly shaken and scared to return to work after three men smashed their way into a Wigan bank on Tuesday.
Security staff were threatened and held at gun point after three thugs sledgehammered their way into the Nationwide Bank, Gerard Street, Ashton-in-Makerfield at around 7pm.
The closed bank only had two security drivers inside and the masked robbers fired at the CCTV camera before running off with cash towards Heath Road.
Detective Inspector Jon Keeley said: “It must have been terrifying for the victims to have a shotgun fired in their midst.
“Both security guards have been left badly shaken by this robbery. We believe the offenders must have seen the victims going into the bank before they struck.
“I am therefore appealing for anyone in the area who may have seen the men before or after this robbery. People may remember a particularly tall male with a shorter man wearing a bright red jacket, or may have noticed something suspicious in the days leading up to the offence.
“Incidents of this nature are rare and we are committed to working with banks and the security industry.”
The men were white and wearing balaclavas. The man with the shotgun was about 6ft 4in tall, of slim build and wore a black jacket.
His accomplice was between 5ft 6in and 5ft 8in tall, of stocky built and wore a bright orange or red waterproof type jacket.
The third man, about 5ft 6in to 5ft 8in tall, of stocky build, wore a black balaclava and black jacket.
“Our message to those planning on carrying out cash-in-transit robberies or attempting to steal cash machines in the run-up to Christmas is clear – we will find you and we will make sure you spend this Christmas and many more to come behind bars away from your family and loved ones” added Detective Inspector Keeley.
“Robberies that target cash-in-transit vehicles, banks, post offices and commercial businesses are often violent offences that can result in life-changing mental and physical scars on those who find themselves confronted by these criminals.
“They are not victimless crimes and cause deep distress to those at the brunt of the attacks.”
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 7149 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.