An elderly woman was threatened in her own home during a robbery in Oldham on Friday evening.
Three men smashed through the rear patio doors of a property on Haven Lane in Moorside before approaching the homeowner, woman in her 80s – in the living room and threatening her with a weapon, believed to have been a chisel.
Two of the robbers set about ransacking the woman’s home whilst the third offender held the weapon to her throat and ordered her not to move.
The trio then fled on foot with a quantity of stolen cash.
The robbers have been described as white men, all wearing black clothing including gloves and balaclavas. One of the men also wore a grey scarf.
Detective Inspector Alison Whittaker, of GMP’s Oldham district, said: “It is beyond comprehension that anyone could threaten an innocent elderly woman in her own home and genuinely make her fear for her life.
“Thankfully she wasn’t injured but she has been left incredibly shaken by this ordeal and we’re determined to catch the cowards responsible for this shocking incident.
“I would urge anyone that saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area around the time of the attack or anyone with any information to get in touch with police as soon as possible.”