A GANG of ram-raiders smashed through the shop front of a newsagents while threatening to kill the owners.

Bobby Malhi and his parents were woken by the sound of slamming while they slept in the flat above their shop, Kay’s News in Bury Old Road, Prestwich.

The seven masked men drove a car repeatedly at the shop front as they attempted to steal a cash machine — destroying the front of the shop.

Mr Malhi’s father, Ajaib Singh Malhi, shouted down to the group warning them off but the men responded with death threats.

Mr Malhi, aged 31, said: “They shouted they would come upstairs and kill us if he wasn’t quiet.

“My dad wanted to go down but with so many of them I just told him to lock the doors and call the police.

“They carried on driving the car back and forth into the shop and the officers arrived within six minutes but the group had already left.

“You could feel the building shaking. It was a scary ordeal and we aren’t used to things like that happening here.

“My parents have owned the shop for 28 years and we have never had this happen before.”

Two offenders were seen running away on foot, while the other five drove away in a car.

Mr Malhi said the community has been offering support following the raid, which took place at about 1am on Wednesday, April 12 and caused thousands of pounds worth of damage.

Mr Malhi said his parents were left 'badly shaken' by the incident and added: “Our customers have been in to offer their support, asking if there’s anything they can do and police received numerous calls from neighbours when it happened.

“It was day two of the Jewish holidays so people were out and about so it wasn’t a quiet time to do it.

“We are just glad we have the shutters back up and running and builders contracted to sort the rest of the work.”

A GMP spokesman said: “We received a call at 12.50am to a newsagents on Bury Old Road to reports of an aggravated burglary. Offenders approached the shop front and rammed a car into it to get inside and take the ATM.

“They failed to take the cash machine and left empty-handed.”

Anyone with further information about the incident is urged to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.