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Man sought after almost £30k stolen in armed cash-in-transit robbery at Manchester supermarket

We’ve released images of a man we want to speak to after a cash-in-transit robbery in Manchester earlier which saw a security worker threatened with a gun and nearly £30,000 stolen.

We were alerted to the incident at Asda on Princess Road shortly after 9.40am on Saturday 24 September morning after a call reporting an armed robbery and specialist firearms officers were deployed to the scene.

Subsequent enquiries from our Longsight CID have established that the offender pointed what is thought to be a black pistol at a security man and made off with a bag of cash containing an estimated £28,500.

Thankfully the security guard wasn’t physically injured but was left understandably shaken by the ordeal.

We’re wanting to identify a white man, aged between 30 and 40 years-old, of a medium build and was wearing a green parker jacket, dark Adidas hat, black gloves, dark tracksuit bottoms, and grey trainers.

He’s understood to have been in the area around the time of the incident and left in the direction of Princess Parkway heading away from City Centre riding a silver-framed mountain bike with black writing on it.

No arrests have been made and extensive work is being done by investigators who are trawling CCTV and speaking to potential witnesses.

Detective Inspector Kat McKeown, of our Longsight CID, said: “I can’t imagine the fear that the security guard felt when the offender committed this terrifying and outrageous act.

“We know there were people near the supermarket who will also have felt shock and fright at the incident, and I can assure everyone concerned that we are working tirelessly to identify and capture the man responsible.

“So far we have spoken to a number of people and we are keen to ensure that everyone who was in the area on Saturday morning, and who could have information, is spoken to – so if you haven’t already then please contact us.”

Anyone with information should call us on 0161 856 6049 or 101 quoting incident 1018 of 24/09/2022.

Details can be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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