Pair arrested in town gun terror probe

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A MAN was subjected to a terrifying early-hours ordeal after two men threatened to shoot him.

Suspects have since been arrested on suspicion of firearm offences.

The 49-year-old victim said he was walking through the streets of Leigh on his own when he was confronted by the strangers who began chasing him and shouting that they were armed and prepared to pull the trigger.

He managed to give them the slip and called police who arrived at the junction of St Helens Road and Diamond Street just before 2.10am on Thursday following reports of the incident.

Officers found two men, aged 24 and 29, near the scene of he alleged incident a shortly afterwards and arrested them on suspicion of possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear or violence. No gun, however, was retrieved at the time.

The victim was uninjured in the incident, and the two men detained remain in police custody for questioning.

Police believe the offenders may have gone on a crime spree as they are also investigating reports that another man was pushed off his bike outside the McDonald’s restaurant on Bradshawgate shortly before the alleged firearm incident on Diamond Street.

Several streets across Leigh were cordoned off on Thursday morning while the two incidents were investigated, with police taping off Buck Street and Diamond Street and also preventing access to the junction of Silk Street and Bradshawgate in the town centre.

Officers are asking for the cyclist to come forward to assist them with their inquiries by ringing 0161 856 7225. Anyone with information about the firearm incident can contact Greater Manchester Police using the non-emergency number 101 or ring independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.