Masked man armed with baseball bat robbed Ince pub

Police are appealing for witnesses after a balaclava-clad man rampaged through a pub in Ince.

At around 10.20pm on Monday 11 September 2017, a man went into the Oak Tree Inn on Belle Green Lane, armed with a baseball bat and wearing a balaclava.

Using the bat, he smashed the fruit machine causing considerable damage before reaching inside and emptying the coins into a plastic bag.

He then walked towards the bar and threatened the landlord to open to till.

Once the till was open, he reached over the bar and grabbed a number of notes before leaving the pub.

He was wearing light grey tracksuit bottoms, a high visibility vest and carrying a bag.

Detective Sergeant Graham Clare of GMP’s Wigan Borough, said: “Unfortunately we do not at this stage have a further description of the man and, as his face was covered, we’ve been unable to identify him.

“Despite this, I know there were people in the area who would have witnessed either the events leading up to, during or after the robbery who may have critical pieces of information for us.

“If you saw anything or have any knowledge of the robbery, please call the investigation team at the next opportunity you have.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 5307 quoting reference number 2039 of 11/09/17 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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