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Armed duo target the Spar in Wigan

The following article was taken from the Greater Manchester Police website. The original article can be read at the following link:


An armed duo held staff at knifepoint during a robbery at the Spar in Wigan.

At around 10pm on Sunday 7 January 2018, police were called to reports of an armed robbery at the Spar on Whelley.

Two masked men armed with a knife and a sledge hammer entered the store and ordered the staff to stand behind the tills.

They proceeded to steal cash from the till and a large quantity of cigarettes.

The offenders then forced the staff in to the office at the back of the store where they demanded more money.

The duo then fled in the direction of Gold’s Ice Cream Parlour on the corner of Moore Street East and Whelley.

Nobody was injured during the robbery.

One of the offenders has been described as approximately 6ft 1ins tall and of slim build, whilst the second man has been described as approximately 5ft 8ins tall.

Both robbers wore gloves, balaclavas and dark clothing.

Detective Constable Andrew Hill, of GMP’s Wigan borough, said: “It is completely horrific that people that were just in their place of work have been subjected to this awful attack.

“Whilst no-one was injured, the actions of these men have left the employees extremely shaken and I would appeal to anyone with any information that could help out investigation to please get in touch.

“If you saw anything suspicious in the area at the time of this robbery, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem, I would urge you to contact police so that we can find the men responsible.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting incident number 1964 of 07/01/2018, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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