MACHETE-wielding men made off with cash and cigarettes after they stormed the Co-op in Catshill, leaving staff shaken but uninjured.

The two men, who had their faces covered, demanded that staff open the safe and stole the items before leaving the Gibbs Lane shop at approximately 10.30pm on Tuesday, September 12. 

It’s believed that the offenders left the area in a grey Audi A5 that was parked on Barley Mow Lane and left in the direction of the A38.

Detective Inspector Justin Taylor of West Mercia Police said: “Nobody was injured in the robbery but this will have been understandably very upsetting for the four members of staff that were present and we will be offering them support.

"They did exactly the right thing in doing what they were instructed by the offenders and then immediately calling us when they felt safe to do so.

“We are following up on a number of enquiries as part of the investigation and, as with many investigations, information from the public can be key.

"Therefore we would ask anyone who was in the area yesterday evening that saw the incident or a vehicle leaving the area to get in touch with us.”

The store was closed as of this morning. 

Anyone with information can call police on 101 and quoting incident number 787s of 12 September.

Alternatively, call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.