Police hunt would-be Post Office robber

Crime story
Crime story

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a woman walked into a Post Office in Wigan and demanded money from the tills.

Around midday on Saturday (Jan 3), staff at the Platt Bridge Post Office on Walthew Lane noticed that an unknown woman had been loitering outside for almost an hour and a half.

When there were no other customers in the shop, the woman walked up to the counter and demanded cash from the tills.

She warned the 18 and 50-year-old victims not to press the alarm, but they ignored her and alerted police via the panic button behind the counter.

The offender then ran off empty handed.

The offender has been described as a white, aged between 30 and 40 years, around 5ft 8in tall with a heavy build. She was wearing a black coloured jacket with the hood up, was scruffy looking and had dark bags under her eyes.

Detective Constable Lee Jamieson said: “The victims were left shaken but unhurt by this woman, who was apparently unarmed and seemingly unprepared to use force to achieve her aims.

“But that should take nothing away from the seriousness of this crime.

“The offender was standing outside the Post Office for some time, so I am hopeful that someone may have seen and recognised her.

“I would ask anyone who saw her to contact police.”

Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 7225 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.