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ARMED robbers struck twice on the same day in unrelated raids in the east of Wigan borough.

In one a gang fled with two takeaway tills after threatening staff with a hammer; in the other a man stole cash from a sunbed centre employee at knifepoint.

The latter of these is the recent third attack on tanning salons in recent weeks, two having been robbed in Newtown and Pemberton within minutes on July 21, although the latest is not thought to be linked.

It was at around 4.35pm last Wednesday that a man walked into the shop on St Helens Road, Leigh and demanded the female staff member hand over money at knifepoint. He grabbed till cash and fled, heading away from the town centre.

The victim was left shaken but physically unharmed. The robber is described as being white, in his 20s, around 5ft 9ins tall, skinny, with light eyebrows and had a local accent. He wore a hooded black tracksuit and black trainers and had a scarf a over his lower face.

Det Con Richard Willoughby of Wigan CID said: “The staff member was left terrified after the ordeal and is struggling to come to terms with what happened. I would urge anyone who saw a man fitting this description to contact police as soon as possible.” Anyone with information should phone police on 0161 856 7295.

At 11.05pm the same day, five hooded men walked into McDonald’s on Tyldesley Road, Atherton, and threatened staff with a hammer, demanding cash from the till. No money was handed over but they fled with two tills.

The first man wore dark clothing, carried a hammer and a lilac pillow case. The second wore a grey Nike tracksuit and green and white gloves. The third wore a black North Face jacket, grey pants and grey trainers. Another wore grey tracksuit pants, black and grey Adidas jacket and black trainers and the fifth wore blue pants covered in paint, a black hooded coat and gloves.

Det Con Debbie Pennington said: “Thankfully no one was hurt but the fact that staff were threatened with a hammer suggested the gang could have used violence to get what they wanted. I would urge anyone who may have been in the area at the time or seen anything suspicious to contact police.”

Anyone with information should ring 0161 856 7248. Those with details of either raid can also ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.