Manchester

Bury machete threat, four arrested

Four men have been arrested after police officers were threatened with machetes following a burglary in Greater Manchester.

Police were called to Seddon Avenue in Radcliffe, Bury on Wednesday after reports of a robbery.

The men left in a stolen car which they then rammed into a police vehicle on Richmond Close, Whitefield, before running from the scene.

Officers chased the men and were threatened with knives and machetes.

Force helicopter

The force helicopter was called in to search the area and four men, aged 23, 24 and two aged 31, were arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary.

A number of weapons and items believed to be stolen were recovered.

Supt Mark Granby said: "Officers were quickly deployed to this incident and identified the car near to the scene.

"The suspects made every effort to escape - even threatening officers with weapons - but they were thwarted thanks to the commitment and courage of responding officers, whose actions I fully commend.

"I also want to thank local residents, who were alert to the burglary happening and provided us with key descriptions of the offenders and vehicle used, which was vital to our success."

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