Police are appealing for witnesses after two men armed with a crowbar attempted to rob an off licence in Middleton.
At 6pm on Monday 29th December 2014, two men entered Bargain Booze on Lakeland Court, Wood Street, wearing balaclavas and carrying a crowbar.
The men approached the counter and one of them used the crowbar to try and force his way through a security screen door, while the other attempted to reach the till through a small opening in the same security screen.
Hoping to scare the men off, a member of staff armed himself with a stick and threatened them.
Once the offenders realised that they were unable to get through the security screens and that the assistant was willing to defend himself and the shopâ€™s takings, they turned and ran.
The first offender is described as white, about 5ft 6in, with a slim build and thought to be in his late teens or early 20s. He was wearing a black hooded tracksuit top, a balaclava and gloves.
The second offender is white, about 5ft 6in tall and thought to be in his late teens or early 20s. He was wearing a grey hooded tracksuit top, a balaclava and gloves.
Detective Constable Andy Robinson said: â€œThese men bit off more than they could chew with this off license, failing as they did to even get through the stores security screens.
â€œThankfully we never did find out if they were willing to use violence against the staff to achieve their aims, but the fact they went in with a crowbar and faces covered mean their intentions were clear.
â€œThey still caused up to Â£300 worth of damage, but it could have been far worse and that is why it is so important that we find these men as quickly as possible.â€
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 8701 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.