Knife terror for shop worker pair

Exterior of Whelley Discount Store
Exterior of Whelley Discount Store

KNIFE-wielding thieves threatened terrified workers at a Wigan discount store and escaped with handfuls of cash.

Detectives are now asking for witnesses to come forward after the two women working at the shop in Whelley were left “traumatised” by the ordeal.

The two male offenders approached the Whelley Discount Store at just after 6.30pm on Friday, July 19.

One stood at the door to keep lookout while the other approached the counter brandishing a kitchen knife.

He forced the staff to open the till and stole the contents before the pair ran out of the shop and made their escape along Whelley and turned down nearby Sole Street.

DC Danny Ritchie said: “Thankfully no one was injured but the shop assistants have been traumatised by this robbery.

“I am appealing to anyone who has information about this incident to come forward and contact myself or colleagues at Wigan Police.

“In particular, we would like to hear from anyone who either witnessed the robbery itself or saw these two men acting suspiciously before or after the incident that happened in broad daylight.”

One of the offenders is described as a white male, between 5ft 10in and 6ft tall and of large build. He wore a grey tracksuit with his face covered with his hood and a scarf.

The second is a white male about 6ft tall with a heavy build. He wore a grey hooded top with the hood up and carried the large kitchen knife.

It is the second time in the space of a week that Wigan shopkeepers have been threatened with knives in daylight armed robberies. Two men went into the Premier News store on Atherton Road in Hindley and stole a quantity of cash after threatening the shop keeper with kitchen knives on Monday July 15, just after 6pm.

Three men have since been arrested in connection with the incident and three other robberies that occurred on the same day at Premier Stores in Westhoughton and Atherton and a Bargain Booze store in Bolton.

Daniel Reade, 23, and Adam Reade, 20, both of Bond Street, Leigh, and Jonathan Mather, 32, of Bardwell Avenue, Westhoughton, have been charged with conspiracy to commit robbery in relation to those four incidents on July 15.

To report any information about the robbery in Whelley, contact Wigan Police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.