Chicken van man mugged for cash

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A MANHUNT has been launched for a thug who knocked a poultry van driver to the ground and robbed him outside a bakery.

The 44-year-old victim was delivering a supply of chicken to Dawson’s Bakery in Shuttle Street, Tyldesley, just before 12.30pm on Monday, when a man walked up to him from the front of the van and demanded his keys.

The driver refused so the stranger pushed him to the pavement, demanded money and threatened to beat him up.

He handed over cash, the robber ran off and the driver got up and chased after him.

The robber got into the passenger side of a rusty white Mercedes Sprinter van, which drove off towards Union Street and turned right onto Ellesmere Street.

A substantial amount of cash was taken in the robbery.

The robber is described as a white man in his late 20s, 6ft tall, of stocky build.

He had short fair hair, stubble and spoke with a mild Liverpool accent.

He was wearing a grey hooded top, blue jeans, scruffy trainers and a black bobble hat with a peak.

Det Con Andy Doran, based at Wigan CID, said: “It is horrible that this man had his honest day’s work ruined by someone determined to take what wasn’t theirs.

“We are working hard to find the robber and would like the public’s help.

“If you saw something, remember the van or know anything that might help us, please contact us.”

In view of the fact that the mugger got into the passenger side of the van, police say they cannot rule out the possibility that there was also a getaway driver.

Anyone with information is asked to call officers at Wigan CID on 0161 856 7259 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.