Police are appealing for information following a violent knifepoint robbery in Ashton-under-Lyne.

Officers were called after reports of an incident on Rowley Street on Wednesday at around 8pm.

A man, aged 27, and a woman, aged 20, were parked in a blue Audi A1 waiting for a takeaway when they were approached by two men in balaclavas carrying large machetes and baseball bats.

The male victim was hit with a machete and dragged out of the car, and the second victim was ordered out at knifepoint.

The offenders then stole the vehicle and drove off towards Smallshaw Lane.

The victims suffered minor injuries and were left shaken by the incident.

The first offender is described as being of mixed raced, wearing a balaclava and dressed in all black.

The second man is described as white with fair skin, aged in his mid twentie and dressed in all black with a face covering.

PC Rick Beswick said he hoped witnesses would come forward.

He said: “This was a violent unprovoked incident that has left two victims feeling understandably frightened and distressed.

“I would like to reassure the public that we are treating this incident seriously and are following every line of enquiry available to us.

“This robbery happened in a busy area and I am hopeful that there may be some witnesses who were in the area around this time.

"If you saw anything suspicious or have any information that could help with our investigation, please contact police as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information about the robbery should call Greater Manchester Police on 0161 856 9350.