Stolen tools clue to armed raid terror

Pendlebury Lane, the scene of a robbery

Pendlebury Lane, the scene of a robbery

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STOLEN garden power tools could prove vital clues in the hunt for thugs who committed a terrifying gunpoint robbery at a secluded Wigan home.

Officers say that the fugitives’ attempts to off-load the stolen gadgets could leave an evidence trail.

It was at about 9.10am on Friday, April 12, that a 50-year-old man walked out of his front door on Pendelbury Lane, Haigh to be confronted by two men wearing balaclava masks.

One of them was holding a handgun and the other brandishing a knife.

They threatened the victim and demanded money as they forced him into his house and searched several rooms.

While this was happening the victim then managed to run out of his house and raise the alarm. The intruders were last seen running across a field onto Senicar Lane having stolen a bag containing mobile phones and the victim’s wallet.

It has since been established that the man’s garden shed was also broken into and a number of items, including a petrol strimmer and petrol leaf blower, were stolen.

As part of the investigation police are trying to trace the occupants of a grey coloured, M registered Volvo estate that was seen outside the house on Wednesday, April 10.

The occupants are described as young and the car may have had registration similar to SBU. Detectives say that the robbery left the victim terrified and fearing for his life.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 5307, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.