Greater Manchester Police (GMP) is investigating after a series of armed robberies in Salford and Cheshire.
Shortly after 4.10pm on Thursday 7 January 2016, a man armed with a handgun went into the Santander bank at The Mall, in Eccles. He pointed the gun at the staff member and tried to jump over the counter, but the Perspex screen collapsed and he fled.
The man is described as 6ft tall, of slim build and was wearing a blue parka coat with a fur hood and a black face covering.
Later on at about 4.30pm, a man of similar description went into the William Hill bookmaker’s on Walkden Road in Walkden, threatened staff with a handgun and tried to get into the till area, before fleeing.
On the same day at 6.10pm, GMP believe the same man went into Betfred on Common Lane in Culcheth, Warrrington, threatened staff with a handgun and escaped with cash.
At about 7.30pm the same evening, a man went into Betfred on Liverpool Road in Cadishead and again threatened staff with a handgun, before stealing cash and fleeing.
GMP is investigating and believe the same man is responsible for all four robberies.
Detective Sergeant Karl Dalton of Salford division said: “I understand people who live in these areas will be concerned and I want to assure you that we are doing all we can to catch the man.
“Fortunately, no-one was hurt but this man is brazenly threatening people with a gun and he must be stopped.
“We would ask that if anyone was in the area at the time and remembers seeing a man matching the description that they contact police”.