'Ham-fisted' thief caught on CCTV in Failsworth post office

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Media captionThe thief 'executed his plan in a rushed and ham-fisted manner', police said

Police have released CCTV footage of a post office robbery to try to catch a "desperate" and "ham-fisted" thief.

Officers said the man, who struck on Christmas Eve, was heard saying he had no money for his children's presents before the theft in Failsworth, Oldham.

The footage shows him hitting security glass with a National Lottery stand before climbing into the ceiling to get behind the tills.

Det Con Tony Anwas said the CCTV showed "just how desperate this man was".

"I believe he has made a spur of the moment decision to rob the post office and has executed his plan in a rushed and ham-fisted manner," he said.

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