A robber has stolen the mayor of Bury’s Victorian chains of office after attacking her driver.
Bury MBC mayor Michelle Wiseman (Ind) had left a World War One commemoration ceremony and her driver was placing a briefcase containing her gold chains of office in the boot of a car when the attack took place.
A police statement said a man in a balaclava struck the driver – who has not been named – on the shoulder with a hammer, before grabbing the briefcase from the car boot, and jumping into a waiting car, making off with the chains.
The driver suffered muscle damage in his shoulder and was treated at the scene.
Superintendent Karan Lee said: “Although the gold and diamond chains are of significant historical and monetary value, having been given to the town of Bury by Queen Victoria, the scrap value will be significantly less than the loss to our heritage.
“These men were calculated and ruthless, waiting for the mayor and her driver to arrive at the scene before using extreme force to achieve their goal. It is only by good fortune that the victim was not seriously hurt.”
Leader Mike Connolly (Lab) said the council planned to offer “a substantial reward” for the chains’ safe return.