Brave customer fought off raider with wine bottle

Crime story
Crime story

A WIGAN woman fought off two would-be robbers - with a wine bottle.

The have-a-go hero was a customer in Dave’s off-licence on Tunstall Lane, Pemberton, when two men with hoods hiding their faces burst into the store.

One man, who was holding a silver metal tool, waited by the door while the other rushed towards the counter demanding cash.

But the crooks met their match when the 46-year-old customer picked up a bottle of wine and raised it over her head, ordering them to leave.

This caused the offender to panic, jump back over the counter before he and his accomplice fled into Kensington Road. Nothing was stolen during the March 20 raid.

A 17-year-old boy was later arrested on suspicion of robbery and has been bailed until May 21 pending further inquiries.

The first offender is described as being 5ft 8in tall, of a medium build and wearing a blue hooded top with the hood pulled up, grey tracksuit bottoms, black shoes and a black bag over his right shoulder. The second man was of a similar height with a larger build and also wearing a blue hooded top with grey down the arms and stomach, grey shorts, black socks and black trainers with a white trim at the base.

Det Con Graham Ellis said: “Thanks to the bravery of this woman, who reacted instinctively and threatened the intruders with a wine bottle, the two offenders fled empty-handed.

“Thankfully, no-one was injured and nothing was stolen during this incident though were it not for the courage shown by this woman - in the face of such intimidating and threatening circumstances - these men would have stolen the contents of the till.

“It is impossible to know how you will react in those circumstances, but these thieves met their match in this brave woman who came to the aid of the two members of staff who were on duty and were understandably very frightened.

“We now need to identify who these two men are, arrest them and put them before the courts.” Witnesses can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 08000 555111.