Police hunt Spar robbers

Robber caught on CCTV at Appley Bridge Spar Shop
Robber caught on CCTV at Appley Bridge Spar Shop

POLICE have released CCTV images of two men who robbed a Spar convenience store in Wigan.

At around 9.45pm on Sunday, two men entered the Spar on Woodnook Road, Appley Bridge, and demand that the shop assistant opened the tills.

Robber caught on CCTV at Appley Bridge Spar Shop

Robber caught on CCTV at Appley Bridge Spar Shop

She told them she was unable to and when they tried to force her into the back of the store, she told them she was unable to remember the code for the door.

One of the offenders then leapt over the counter and ripped one of the tills out of place, taking the cash draw with him and stealing £290 in the process.

The men then left, but returned moments later to steal several bottles of spirits from behind the counter.

They then jumped into a white car, possibly a Citroen Berlingo or Peugeot Partner, which was waiting outside.

I am hoping these CCTV images will allow someone to recognise one or both of these men and to hand such information over to police

Detective Sergeant Graham Clare

The first offender is described as a white man, 20 years or younger and about 5ft 5in tall with a medium build. He was wearing a grey/khaki jacket with the hood up, grey tracksuit bottoms and a mask over his face. He spoke with a Wigan accent.

The second offender is described as a white man, 20 years or younger and about 5ft 6in tall with a slim build. He was wearing a black padded jacket with the hood up and a blue mask over his face. He also spoke with a Wigan accent.

Detective Sergeant Graham Clare said: “These men threatened the shop assistant, but fortunately did not hurt anyone during the incident.

“I am hoping these CCTV images will allow someone to recognise one or both of these men and to hand such information over to police.

“We believe they drove off from the scene in a white Citroen or Peugeot, so I would like to ask anyone who thinks they saw a white driving off from the scene of the crime to contact police.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 0161 856 7182 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 55 111.