Updated: Thursday, 23rd November 2017 @ 12:04pm

Store manager threatened during Wigan raid as robbers flee with cash and cigarettes worth thousands

Store manager threatened during Wigan raid as robbers flee with cash and cigarettes worth thousands

By Oliver Rhodes

Robbers held a Wigan store manager captive during a raid at a newsagents in the early hours of Wednesday.

Three men, one wielding a spanner, burst into the McColl's store in Warrington Road at around 5.45am and demanded the manager handed over items from behind the counter.

They stole cash and cigarettes worth several thousand pounds. The stolen items were loaded into a red estate vehicle on the car park, which was driven by a fourth offender.

Two offenders were wearing dark grey clothing underneath a high visibility sleeveless jacket. Another was wearing a light grey tracksuit. All had their faces covered.

Detective Constable Lynsey Watson said: “The store manager was held captive for about 15 minutes and is understandably shaken by what has happened.

“He was just doing his job and the offenders have not thought twice about threatening and intimidating him in order to get their hands on some cash and cigarettes.

“If anyone knows the offenders, has information about the vehicle involved or hears anything in relation to the stolen items please get in touch."

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 5307, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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