Masked pair in knife attack on post office

Knife raid on Firs Lane Post Office in Leigh

Knife raid on Firs Lane Post Office in Leigh

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MASKED men brandishing knives robbed a post office.

CCTV footage issued of Thursday morning’s raid shows images of the lethal weapons clearly being wielded at the Firs Lane branch in Leigh.

Thankfully, the staff at the Post Office were not injured but clearly they were incredibly upset and distressed to be confronted by two masked men brandishing kitchen knives

Det sgt Paul Jackson

Police today appealed for information about the 9.50am attack by two men, both clad in balaclavas, who burst into the shop and approached the counter armed with kitchen knives.

After removing the entire till, the pair fled with it and its contents: a small account of cash. They were last seen running across Wigan Road and onto Sportsman Street, Leigh.

They left behind a bright yellow JD Sports plastic carrier bag which has been recovered for forensic analysis.

The first robber is described as white, about 5ft 6ins tall, of a slim build and wearing dark clothing, a black Parka-type jacket with brown fur and a black balaclava.

Police have now released CCTV stills of the incident.

His accomplice was also white, slightly taller and wearing very similar clothes. Both were carrying kitchen knives with 12inch blades.

Det Sgt Paul Jackson said: “Thankfully, the staff at the Post Office were not injured but clearly they were incredibly upset and distressed to be confronted by two masked men brandishing kitchen knives.

“This appalling incident happened early in the morning when they would have been a lot of people either going to or from the Post Office so it is possible there are a number of witnesses who saw these two individuals lurking around the area.

“We have also released CCTV stills, one of which shows the men walking with the bright yellow bag before the robbery so hopefully this will jog someone’s memory.”

“If you did see something, or you suspect who may be involved, then please come forward with any information you have.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 7225 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.