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A business woman from Bury had a knife held to her throat during a robbery.

Press Release   •   Feb 27, 2013 08:51 GMT

He was holding a knife and approached the victim, demanding she gave him money and jewellery. He took cash from her handbag and forced her to remove jewellery she was wearing before he held a knife to her throat and threatened her.

She was slapped in the face before he left.

The man is described as being of mixed race, in his early to mid 20s, of stocky build, 5ft 8in tall and was wearing a black synthetic mask, dark clothing and trainers with green and yellow stripes.

The jewellery stolen was a gold ring with three diamonds, a diamond ring, two diamond earrings and a matching diamond necklace.

Detective Constable Martin Brown from Bury CID said: “This was a harrowing experience for the victim and she was left terrified. This man forced his way in and said he would physically harm her if she did not give into his demands. Even when she did, he held a knife to her throat.

“The man intimated he was responsible for a burglary that took place at the same shop sometime between Saturday 18 January and 19 January 2013 where beauty equipment and cosmetics were stolen.

“I would ask anyone who may have seen a man fitting this description acting suspiciously to contact police as soon as possible. If you or if you know of someone who has been approached and asked to buy similar jewellery under suspicious circumstances then please phone us.”

Anyone with information should phone police on 0161 856 8248 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.