THIS is the moment a brave Wigan jeweller tried to tackle masked raiders who robbed his store.
Neil Kay suffered machete cuts to his hands as he fought in vain to prevent a high-value raid on his Galleries shop.
Dozens of Rolex watches were among the items taken in last Thursday afternoon’s attack which cost the businessman many thousands of pounds.
Wigan town centre shoppers looked on first in amusement and then in dawning horror as three masked men parked up in Marsden Street and hared towards the Tyldesley Arcade outlet armed with a machete, knife and sledgehammer.
Mr Kay was inside his security-locked store with a customer and an assistant but the gang smashed in the front door.
The owner says he instinctively lunged at one of the assailants and suffered cuts for his trouble, but it failed to thwart the raiders who pinned assistant Michelle Rhoden down as they ransacked the store and made off with their loot.
They scrambled back into their stolen grey Vauxhall Astra the direction of Bridgeman Terrace and this was later found abandoned near the Brocket Arms hotel on Mesnes Road.
By then they had switched to an Audi before continuing their getaway.
Mr Kay said: “I feel so lucky to just be alive after the robbery as who knows what could have happened with such weapons.
“I put my arms up above my head to defend myself and so luckily the machete just cut my hand, it would have been much worse. I try not to think about the alternative consequences.
“It was such a horrifying ordeal which I hope I never have to go through again.”
Police have appealed for information about the raid. Anyone with information should call 0161 856 7124 or Crimestoppers, on 0800 555111.
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