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Staff at Wigan newsagents threatened with axe and hammer in armed robbery

A masked duo armed with an axe and a hammer threatened staff during a robbery in Wigan.


At around 9pm on Sunday 4 February 2018, police were called to reports of an armed robbery at McColl’s on Warrington Road in Lower Ince.

Two masked men armed with an axe and a hammer entered the shop and threatened a member of staff.

She managed to raise the alarm, before one of the offenders yanked her hair.

The other offender proceeded to fill a Manchester United duvet cover full of cigarettes before the duo fled the scene.

They fled on foot in the direction of Windleshaw Street and Ince Green Lane.

One offender is described as a white, in his early 20s, approximately 5ft 8ins tall and of slim build.

The second offender is also described as white, 5ft 8ins tall, in his mid-20s and of medium build.

Both men were wearing dark clothing and balaclavas.

Detective Constable Andrew Hill, of GMP’s Wigan borough, said: “This was a violent robbery and it’s shocking that a woman was subjected to this attack whilst doing her job.

“The actions of these men have left her understandably shaken and I would urge anyone with information that could help our investigation to contact police.

“The red Manchester United duvet cover used in this robbery is very distinctive and would have made the offenders stand out. If you were in the area around the time of the robbery and remember seeing anything suspicious, please get in touch so we can find the men responsible.”

Anyone with information should call the Police on 101, quoting incident number 2049 of 04/02/2018, or call the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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