Toddler threatened with gun in Sale street robbery

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The mother and child were "unharmed but obviously distressed", police said

A three-year-old child was threatened with a gun during a "terrifying" street robbery in Greater Manchester, police have said.

A man brandished the weapon at the toddler while demanding a handbag from the child's mother on Springfield Road, Sale, at about 09:15 GMT.

Police said the mother and child were "unharmed but obviously distressed".

The man was said to be tanned and of average height with green eyes and wearing a grey jumper and trousers.

Det Insp Helen Bell said police were taking the robbery "very seriously" and asked anyone with information to get in touch.

"The robbery happened during a busy time with lots of people around, so we are sure there will be people who can help us with this investigation," she said.

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