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A SHOPWORKER was repeatedly punched in the face during a vicious robbery.

Three men, one of them carrying an iron bar, raided the Tesco Express store on Bolton Road in Ashton and demanded money from members of staff.

Cash was handed over but they threatened the workers for more, saying they had not been given enough.

When they told them they did not have any more, a member of staff was repeatedly punched in the face, bursting his lip. The men escaped with money and cigarettes following the incident which happened just before 11pm on Thursday, August 11.

The first man is described as white, around 5ft 6ins tall and of thin build. He wore a dark jacket, balaclava and spoke with a Liverpudlian accent.

The second raider is described as white, around 5ft 10ins tall, of medium build and spoke with a local accent. He had a pale complexion and blonde hair that looked freshly cut.

The third man is described as wearing a grey and blue coat and wore black trousers. He had his face covered.

The other staff were left shaken by the robbery.

DC Lee Jamieson, of Wigan CID, said: “This type of incident is rare and I would urge people not to be alarmed. I would appeal to anyone who recognises the description of the men or may have seen something suspicious that night to contact police as soon as possible.”

Tesco today refused to comment on the incident and would not say if the member of staff who was hurt had returned to work yet.

There was no information about whether a reward had been offered by the company in a bid to catch the raiders.

Anyone with information should call Wigan CID on 0161 856 5307 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.