CCTV released after burglary at Strangeways casino

This is the moment masked burglars raided a casino in Strangeways on Christmas Day.
At about 9pm on Sunday 25 December 2016 four men forced their way into Grosvenor Casino on Ramsgate Street.

The men targeted the cashiers’ office and repeatedly hit the reinforced glass with a sledge hammer for around 20 minutes before getting inside.

They then stole a substantial amount of betting chips in a variety of denominations ranging from £25 to £1,000.

Before leaving they sprayed an unknown substance onto the crime scene, which officers believe was an attempt to destroy forensic evidence, as well as letting off a fire extinguisher.

The men were all wearing gloves and balaclavas. One was wearing a light hooded top, while the three others were wearing dark coloured hoodies.

Detective Constable Saj Sardar, from GMP’s City of Manchester team, said: “We have released this CCTV in the hope that it might trigger someone’s memory.

“This happened on Christmas night, so the offenders would have likely left family and friends to carry out this burglary.

“Someone must have information about it and I would urge you to come forward.

“You can do this by calling us on 101 or if you want to remain anonymous, you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Anyone with any information should quote incident number 706 of 26 December 2016 when contacting police.