Police are hunting two men who attempted to break into a security van using a petrol-powered disc cutter.
At around 6.20am on Monday 24th November 2014, two security officers left their van in the car park of M&S in Middlebrook, Bolton, in order to stock up a nearby cash machine.
Moments after they left the vehicle, two unknown men approached the van and started attacking it with a petrol-powered disc cutter, removing the security bolts and attempting to cut through the front door.
But after several futile minutes trying to gain entry into the van, the pair gave up and drove off empty-handed in a grey Volkswagen Golf.
The first offender is described as a white man, wearing dark coloured Adidas tracksuit bottoms with white stripes.
The second man is described as a white man wearing dark clothing and trainers with white soles.
Detective Inspector Charlotte Cadden said: â€œThe investigation into this organised and obviously pre-planned attempted robbery is still very much on going.
â€œLuckily the delivery drivers were completely unharmed, if a little shaken by the experience.
â€œThe vehicle was carrying a huge amount of money at the time, as the van was travelling around the area stocking up cash machines ahead of the Festive period.
â€œFortunately they are extremely secure and the chances of criminals gaining access in this way is exceptionally unlikely, as proved to be the case yesterday.
â€œWe do need anyone who believes they may have seen these men in the area at the time, or even the car they were driving, to contact police on the numbers below.â€
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 5655 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.