POLICE are appealing to the public for information after a robbery at a garden centre on Stannybrook Road in the Failsworth area of Oldham yesterday (Thursday, February 13).

They were called at around 5pm to reports that four masked men entered a store in the garden centre and proceeded to threaten a staff member – a man in his 60s – with a crowbar while demanding cash.

The was hit in the face and was forced to open the shop safe before being tied up by the men.

The victim suffered minor injuries but did not require hospital treatment.

The offenders stole a large quantity of cash, the store’s CCTV system and the man’s mobile phone and fled by unknown means with the stolen items.

All four men were wearing dark clothing and face masks and are described as all having a tall and slim build. They also are believed to speak with local accents.

No arrests have been made and investigators are now asking the public for further information.

Detective Sergeant Alex Wilkinson, of GMP’s Oldham division, said: “The traumatic experience this innocent man faced is beyond unacceptable and we are determined to ensure that the men who committed this shocking crime are found and brought to justice.

“Despite the shop closing around the time of the incident, it was a busy time of day on the roads and we urge anyone who was around the area and may have dash cam or CCTV footage to check if there is any sign of the men described or any suspicious vehicles that may have been passing through the Failsworth area.

“No one should have to endure what the victim went through while at their place of work and we want anyone with information to come forward and help catch these callous cowards.”

Anyone with any information should contact police on 0161 856 8962 quoting incident number 2189 of 13/02/2020. Details can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.