Armed gang in raid

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ONE staff member was punched and others threatened as a masked gang raided a Wigan mini-market.

Cash and cigarettes were stolen during a robbery at the Spar shop in Woodnook Road, Appley Bridge.

Two members of staff, a 22-year-old man and a 44-year-old woman, were taken into a store room and told to kneel down.

Then a male colleague was threatened with a broom and punched in the head.

Police today appealed for information about the raid, which took place at 10pm last Friday.

After stealing several hundred pounds in cash and cigarettes, it is believed the robbers may have driven off towards the M6.

One of the raiders is described as 5ft 10ins tall, of stocky build and spoke with a local accent, while another of them was about 5ft 8ins tall, of slim build.

Call police on 0161 856 5307, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.