Saddleworth police are patrolling the streets day and night after robbers wielding an axe stole a car from a couple in Grotton in the latest of a spate of attacks locally.
Saddleworth and Lees Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “The Grotton area has unfortunately again seen a robbery incident where a car has now been taken.
“This incident occurred on Langley Avenue off Lane Drive, Coverhill Road.
“At around 23:50hrs on the evening of Thursday 9 November an elderly couple were approached as they arrived home in their X1 BMW in white.
“As the couple went to alight their vehicle they were confronted by two males described as being Asian in appearance and scruffy looking.
“One of the males brandished an axe and demanded car keys which were handed over and he then got into the BMW and made off, with the second male offender getting into a small blue sports car parked nearby which also made off from the scene.
“Thankfully no injuries were sustained by the victims of this robbery in what was a terrifying ordeal.
“This is now the fourth incident in as many days with similar characteristics and we want you our local community to know we are doing all we can to locate and tackle these offenders.
“We have had teams out at Saddleworth throughout the night and are constantly patrolling in a proactive manner.
“We ask that our local community stay vigilant and report any concerns to us as soon as possible.
“Please look out for vehicles that are following or tailgating you, be aware of your surroundings when approaching and alighting your vehicle.
“Please keep your doors locked at all times and particularly when arriving at your destination or whilst sat in your vehicles parked up and stationary until you are happy that there are no persons loitering nearby or vehicles that cause you concern.
“This is a clear and current threat to the residents of not only Saddleworth but to the whole borough.”
They added that any information should be reported by ringing 101, the non-emergency police line.