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ARMED robbers threatened terrified staff at a convenience store in Wigan.

Two men, armed with crowbars, burst into the Spar shop, in Whelley, at 10.15pm on Monday, and threatened three members of staff.

They jumped over the counter and prised open the tills and stole money and some cigarettes. A member of the public tackled the robbers as they left the store.

Manager Lee Collings, who was not at the store at the time, said: “The staff were a bit shaken up, but were not harmed. Luckily, there were no customers in at the time. Although they jumped over the counter and robbed the tills, they dropped the tills on the way out, so did not get away with anything, except a few cigarettes. They had scarves and hats pulled down to their eyes.”

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: “At 10.15pm on Monday, April 18, police were called to a Spar shop on Whelley, following reports of a robbery. Officers discovered the shop had been robbed by two men. Cash and cigarettes were taken, but much of the money and cigarettes were recovered after a member of the public tackled one of the robbers as he left. No one was injured.”

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call Wigan CID on 0161 856 5307 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.