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Armed police on streets of Hollingworth after robbery

Police on the streets in Hollingworth
Image caption Police closed off part of Hollingworth on Tuesday

Armed police are on the streets in Tameside after a robbery by a man carrying a gun.

Officers were called at 10:25 BST Market Street in Hollingworth after reports of a man, thought to be local, armed with a gun and making threats.

Greater Manchester Police said it was thought no shots were fired but an amount of cash was stolen in the incident.

Part of the street was closed off, with a police helicopter overhead.

The closures in place, on the A628 near Spring Street, Water Street and Taylor Street, caused significant traffic delays.

'Undue alarm'

Schools were asked to keep children inside until some road restrictions were lifted to allow parents to pick them up.

They were then asked to return straight home.

Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan, from Greater Manchester Police, said: "There remains a significant policing presence in the Hollingworth area of Tameside following an armed robbery earlier.

"We do not want to cause any undue alarm, but protecting the public is our primary aim so I would ask people to be vigilant and keep their eye out for anything suspicious."

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