TWO men wearing motorbike helmets, brandishing a lump hammer, robbed a Wigan hotel.
The duo struck at the Crown Hotel on Platt Lane, Standish, at about midnight on Monday May 25.
It is believed the armed thieves smashed their way in after breaking a glass pane on the back door and confronted the manager who was cashing up for the night in the hotel’s reception area.
The thief brandishing the hammer pushed the manager to the floor and stood on his lower back before demanding cash.
After stealing the takings - and the tips for the staff - the two men then fled the hotel and got onto a motorbike before riding off. It is believed they rode down a farm track opposite the hotel towards the Coppull area.
The two thieves are described as wearing motorcycle helmets with black visors. One was about 6ft 2in tall, of a large build and wearing a black jacket, blue jeans and white trainers.
Police are now appealing to anyone who has information about the robbery to come forward.
Detective Constable Andrew Hill said: “The manager was understandably shocked to be confronted by these two masked intruders, and was then subjected to a terrifying ordeal where he was threatened with a hammer and forcibly pinned to the ground.
“Thankfully he did not sustain any serious physical injuries but the emotional trauma he suffered was immense.
“We therefore need to find these two offenders and that is why we are appealing to anyone with information to come forward.
“In particular, I want to hear from anyone who saw these two men either pull up outside the hotel or leave on a motorbike, or anyone who might have seen two men on a motorbike in the Coppull area at about the time of the robbery.
“If you can help us identify these men or you have any information then please come forward.”
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.