Petrol station assistant chased off thieves

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A HAVE-A-GO hero chased a machete-wielding robber out of a Wigan garage.

The 25-year-old was alone on duty at the Texaco petrol station on Manchester Road, Lower Ince, when two men burst in.

It was a very frightening experience for him but I think he was very brave

Farkh’s colleague

A colleague of the victim today told the Wigan Evening Post how one of the intruders strode into the shop and slammed his blade down on the confectionary shelves and shouted at the assistant to open the till. His accomplice stood watch as the machete man then hacked through the wires connecting the garage computer to the screen.

It was at this point that the cashier, known only as Farkh, produced a baseball bat that was being kept behind the counter for staff self-defence and pressed the panic alarm.

The robbers then fled on foot in the direction of Platt Bridge, taking only the computer screen with them, Farkh chasing them as far as the door while wielding the bat.

Police are now scrutinising store CCTV footage for clues.

Farkh’s colleague said: “It was a very frightening experience for him but I think he was very brave.

“We have never had to face anything like this before.”

The raid happened at 11.10pm on Monday August 10. The intruders are described only as wearing dark clothing and face coverings.

Det Con Lee Jamison of Wigan division said: “A member of staff was inside the petrol station at the time of the robbery and was extremely shocked to be confronted by a man with a machete.

“We are determined to catch the men but need your help in doing so. Did you see these men in the petrol station or flee towards Platt Bridge? If you did, we are keen to speak to you.”

Anyone with information can phone police on 0161 856 7225 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.