Violent theft of ceremonial chains is despicable – Commissioner

Mayor of Bury, Cllr Michelle Wiseman, with the ceremonial chains

Greater Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioner has condemned last night’s violent theft of the Mayor of Bury’s ceremonial chains. 

At around 10.15pm on Thursday 30th October 2014, the Mayor of Bury’s driver was placing a briefcase containing the Mayor and Mayoress’ ceremonial gold chains into the boot of a car while parked up in the Stand Lane area of Radcliffe.

As he did so, a man in a balaclava approached him from behind and struck him on the shoulder with a hammer, before grabbing the briefcase from the boot.

The victim suffered muscle damage in his shoulder and was treated at the scene.

The offender then jumped into the passenger seat of a green-coloured VW Polo which was waiting nearby and drove off.

There was no description of the attacker, who was wearing a balaclava, though the driver of the car was a white man, aged between 30-40

Tony Lloyd said: “This is a despicable crime that hits at the very heart and soul of the town.  

“What makes those responsible for this crime doubly callous is that the Mayor had just been to a service commemorating those who gave their lives for our freedom during World War I. These individuals have no pride or respect and I’m sure the residents of Bury will, like me, be appalled at this crime.

“I’m assured that Greater Manchester Police are doing everything possible to track down those responsible and I appeal to anyone with information to come forward so these men can be brought to justice and the chains returned to where they belong.  

“I also send my best wishes to the driver who was injured and hope he makes a full recovery.” 

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or the independent charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 55 111. 

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