A man has been arrested and three firearms have been recovered by police, following Monday’s armed robbery of a chemist in Delph. A member of the public was shot at twice with an air rifle during the incident.
According to the police, a man walked into the Co-op pharmacy in the centre of the village at about 3:35pm, and demanded prescription drugs from staff.
When the manager refused, as he didn’t have a prescription, the man took out what was described as a “high-powered air rifle” and again demanded the drugs.
The offender then left the shop and was closely followed by a member of the public. The man shot at him twice before escaping to a nearby house.
Trained firearms officers later arrested a 31-year-old man at a house on Grains Road in Delph, on suspicion of robbery. Three firearms and a machete were found at the address.
In a statement, Detective Chief Inspector Phil Reade said: “I want to reassure the public that this is being treated as an isolated incident. Crimes of this nature are extremely rare.”
Meanwhile, six houses were evacuated after local people reported a strong smell of chemicals in the area following the arrest. Police searched a garage as a precaution but didn’t find anything, and the residents were allowed back home.
More information is available in a statement from GMP here.