Masked armed gang surrounds Manchester family in car

A family-of-four suffered a "terrifying" attempted robbery by a masked and armed gang as they returned home in their car on Wednesday evening.

Greater Manchester Police said the couple and two young children were surrounded by six men with balaclavas and masks in south Manchester.

The gang threatened the family with a gun but could not steal the car because of the keyless ignition system.

A 19-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of robbery.

The family was confronted by the men as they returned home on Woodpecker Road, Chorlton, in their white Mercedes C Class.

Police chase

The gang stole the car after threatening the family with a gun but had to flee empty handed when they could not start the car.

The arrested man was detained following a police chase which ended on Plymouth Grove, in the Longsight district of Manchester.

Appealing for witnesses Det Insp Tony Lea said : "This was a terrifying robbery targeting a young family, purely because they have a nice car.

"Luckily there were no injuries, but we could have had a tragedy on our hands."

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