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Appeal for information made by police after thief pours petrol on shop worker in Leigh

Photo Credit: Greater Manchester Constabulary

A staff member has had petrol poured over them by an armed thief during an attempted robbery at ASDA in Leigh. A little before 22:45pm on Friday 28 July 2017, a man has entered the store on Windermere Road while carrying an axe.

The man was approached by a member of staff, and he has then poured what is thought to have been petrol onto the floor and also the member of staff, before he then threatened to set it on fire.

The worker has then chased the offender out of the store, and he has fled in the direction of Leigh Road.

The offender has been described as being 5ft 8” tall and of slim build, wearing blue jeans, trainers, a grey hoody and a black mask to conceal his face.

A CCTV image has been released by police in an effort that someone may have some information about the pictured man.

Detective Constable Chris Waddicar of GMP’s Wigan borough said “This was a brazen attack and the staff member showed incredible bravery in standing up to the offender. Fortunately he wasn’t injured but nobody should have to come into work and be put through such a traumatic experience when they are just trying to do their job.

“We have launched an investigation and I would ask that anybody who thinks they may know something that can assist with our investigation to please contact police. If you saw the man pictured in the area around the time of the offence, or have any information about him, then please also get in touch.”

Anybody who has any information can get in touch with police on 101, quoting incident number 2203 of 28 July 2017, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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