Failsworth 'ham-fisted' robbery was 'act of pure desperation'

Wathcote Post Office, Failsworth
Image caption Police said due to the "last minute nature of the crime", the robber was believed to be local

A "ham-fisted" raider's "poorly planned" robbery on a Greater Manchester post office was "an act of pure desperation", police have said.

The robber first tried to smash the security glass at the shop on Oldham Road, Failsworth, using a National Lottery stand on Christmas Eve.

When that failed, the man removed ceiling tiles to climb through to the area behind the counter.

He escaped with a small amount of cash after staff activated a panic alarm.

Det Con Tony Anwas said it was "a poorly planned robbery".

He added that the "ham-fisted execution smacks of an act of pure desperation" and "because of the ill-conceived, last minute nature of the crime, we believe this man is local".

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