Appeal for witnesses after Wigan church volunteer robbed at knifepoint

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman held at knifepoint during a robbery at a Wigan church.

Monday, 11th June 2018, 5:44 pm
Updated Tuesday, 19th June 2018, 11:33 am
Ince Methodist Church

At around 10.30am on Monday, June 4th, police were called to reports of a robbery at Ince Methodist Church on Manchester Road in Higher Ince.

Shortly before 10am a woman gained access to the property by telling a church volunteer than she needed to use the toilet. Once inside she attacked the woman who had let her in and threatened her with a knife.

A man then entered the church and proceeded to steal hundreds of pounds worth of items from inside including two computers and two DVD players.

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The vestry was ransacked and hundreds of pounds of items taken

The victim received a cut to her eyebrow and was left "extremely shaken" by the incident.

Police have launched an investigation and are appealing for witnesses to the robbery.

The woman was white and described as around 25-years-old, about 5ft8in tall and had dark brown hair pulled back into a ponytail. She spoke with a Manchester accent.

The man was also white, he is described as around 30-years-old around 5ft8in tall, with strawberry blonde hair and a ginger complexion. He too had a Manchester accent.

Detective Inspector Graham Clare from GMP’s Wigan Borough said: “We are appealing for anyone who knows anything about this terrifying robbery to get in touch.

“The pair were brazen and tricked their victim into letting them inside.

The victim was able to give a clear description of the offenders so we hope that someone reading this appeal will recognise them, so we can catch them before they can do this again.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 1782, alternatively call 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.