GREATER Manchester Police are appealing for anyone with information or potential witnesses after an attempted robbery and assault in Farnworth.

The incident took place at 1.30pm on Sunday 6 December, when a white man, wearing a hoodie and dark clothing walked into B&M Bargains on the Market Precinct in Farnworth centre and asked to buy a plastic bag.  As the shop assistant went to get him one, he held a yet identified object covered in newspaper towards her and demanded money out of the till.

The shop assistant refused to give him any money swinging a shop basket at him. The suspect then fled the store empty handed before he was stopped on Brackley Street by a man who had been stood outside. As he tried to stop him, he was hit in the face with the object before he ran off towards Westwood Close.

Detective Constable Phil Unsworth said: “Both victims demonstrated extreme bravery and they were determined this man would not get away.  Unfortunately, he ran off after assaulting the man with the object, leaving him with cuts to the face.

Adding, “At this moment in time, we do not know what the object was and I would ask anyone who may know who is responsible to call police as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information should phone police on 0161 856 5824 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

By Emma Crampton

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