Shocking footage has been released of a woman being kidnapped by a gang on the outskirts of Manchester before being beaten and robbed.

The 42-year-old victim was forced into the back of a white Transit van by three men as she walked along Peel Lane in Astley Green at around 12.30am on 19 September.

Her abductors covered her mouth with a cloth to stifle her screams, punched her twice in the face to stop her struggling and even threatened to throw her in a nearby canal.

Police say the van was then driven a short distance to the Old Boathouse pub where two of the men dragged the victim inside and forced her to hand over cash.

Officers did not say whether the victim was an employee or owner of the pub.

The men then eventually drove off in an unknown direction and the van was later found burnt out in the neighbouring town of Tyldesley.

Greater Manchester Police is appealing for information and for anyone who recognises the men in the CCTV footage to contact detectives.

Detective Constable Jessica Samouelle said: "This was a violent and terrifying ordeal for the woman which left her utterly traumatised. She suffered physical and emotional harm as a result of this prolonged incident and we are determined to secure justice for her.

"We are continuing our investigation and I am appealing to anyone who recognises the men in the CCTV footage to please get in touch."

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 and quote the reference number 55 of 19/09/16, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.