Jewellery store raids - man and woman arrested

A robber wielding an axe and a sledgehammer during an armed robbery in Pemberton
A robber wielding an axe and a sledgehammer during an armed robbery in Pemberton
  • Pair arrested after police executed controlled stop
  • Man, 25, and woman, 24, bailed pending further enquiries
  • Questioned over two robberies at Wigan jewellers
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TWO people have been arrested by Greater Manchester Police following two attempted armed robberies at Wigan jewellery stores.

Police in Wigan have been investigating two robberies that happened in the space of just seven days in the Wigan area, the first at the Neil Kay jewellers on April 4 and then another at the Uncles Jewellers and Pawn Brokers in Pemberton on April 11.

Both of these robberies took place on busy shopping streets and caused a great deal of commotion and anxiety, not least for the members of staff on duty at the time

Detective Inspector Martin Reddington

On both occasions, the offenders pulled up outside the stores on a motorbike and tried to use a sledgehammer to smash their way inside.

However, on both occasions they were foiled.

An investigation to establish the identity of the offenders was launched, and at around 5.30pm yesterday (Tuesday) officers from Greater Manchester Police’s Intercept Team executed a controlled stop of a silver Volkswagen Golf in the Eccles area.

A 25-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman who were in the car were arrested in connection with both robberies and were later bailed pending further inquiries.

Detective Inspector Martin Reddington said: “Both of these robberies took place on busy shopping streets and caused a great deal of commotion and anxiety, not least for the members of staff on duty at the time.

“As a result of some excellent policing work, two people were arrested and later bailed in connection with the robberies.

“The car they were travelling in was stopped in a dynamic but controlled manner by the GMP Intercept Team, with no harm to either the occupants, the officers or the wider public.

“I would continue to appeal to anyone who has information about either robbery or the whereabouts of the motorbike involved to come forward.”

Anyone with any information is asked to call police on 0161 856 7124 or independent charity Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.