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Gun wielding robbers steal cash from Atherton travel agents
1:54pm Tuesday 24th September 2013 in News
STAFF at a travel agents were forced to hand over money by gun wielding robbers.
The robbery took place at Thomas Cook in Market Street, Atherton on Monday just before 5pm.
Two men entered the store and made demands for money. They left the scene with a significant amount of cash.
Police could not confirm how much was taken as cash was later found nearby in Stanley Street and Cambridge Street. Some of the money is believed to have been stained with red security dye, causing the cash to be void.
An eyewitness told police the suspects were seen to have red smoke coming from beneath their coats — a sign of dye being released on the stolen cash.
A police spokesman confirmed no staff members were injured and the firearm was not discharged.
No arrests have been made.
One of the robbers is described as being a white man, of average build, 6ft , aged mid to late 30s, and was unshaven with facial stubble.
The other man was between 5ft 6in and 5ft 8in, aged late 30s to early 40s. He had thick black hair, sideburns and was of average build.
A Thomas Cook UK & Ireland spokesperson said: “The staff of our Atherton store are safe and unharmed, though understandably shaken by their experience. The safety of our customers and staff is always our priority.
"Thankfully incidents like this are rare and we will ensure that all of those impacted receive the support and counselling they need. The police have launched an immediate investigation and we are co-operating fully with them.”
The incident follows a series of robberies in the area. Bookendale Sales and Lettings in Bag Lane, Atherton was targeted by armed robbers in July.
Walkden’s Santander fell foul to robbers who stole a large amount of cash from people filling up the machine in the evening on August 21.
Cash was stolen from Santander in Lee Lane, Horwich, on Thursday, September 12 and a bank worker was punched in the face.
Any witnesses to the Thomas Cook robbery or people with information are asked to call the police on 0161 856 7225 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.
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