UPDATED: Armed robber raids cash van outside Asda in Astley Bridge
A FEMALE security guard was threatened at gunpoint during a daylight robbery at a busy supermarket.
The robbery took place as a woman was making a cash delivery at Asda in Moss Bank Way at 9.35am this morning.
The victim - threatened with what is thought to be a shotgun - handed over a cash box containing what police said was "a large amount" of money, but she was not injured.
Shortly after, at about 10am, a stolen black Lexus car with false plates was set on fire in Adrian Road, Halliwell.
Police are now investigating whether the burnt out car was a getaway car used in the robbery.
The robber is described by witnesses as about 5ft 10ins tall and chubby. He was wearing a balaclava, dark brown trousers and a black jacket.
Det Con Dave Harris said: “The offender was armed and is clearly dangerous and we are doing everything we can to find out who he is.
“This happened in broad daylight with plenty of people around and I am certain someone will know something that can help us.
“I want to hear from anyone who saw the robbery or the offender leaving Asda and anyone with information about the person who abandoned the Lexus in Halliwell.”
A woman who did not want to be named said: “The robbery has left everyone in the area shaken. It’s a popular store and used by many families.
"Children will have been around at the time and it must have been terrifying for the security worker involved.
"I hope police catch this dangerous man before anything like this happens again. Crimes like this really unnerve the community.”
Dougie Tobutt, owner of Tobutt Sports, near the Moss Bank Way Asda, said he was shocked to hear of the incident.
“We didn’t open until 10 o’clock, so we didn’t hear about it at first,” said Mr Tobutt.
“There have not been a lot of problems recently round here so this does come as a surprise.
“Obviously if there’s a gang of people operating here, we want them caught as soon as possible."
Anyone with information can call police on 0161 8565761 or 0161 8565749, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.
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