Robber threatens shopkeeper with machete

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A shop owner was threatened with a machete during a robbery in Hindley.

The 44-year-old man was working behind the counter of Ma Food on the corner of Atherton Road and Beaufort Street at around 9.05pm on Monday December 30.

Two men walked in and one of them threatened the victim with the machete while the second offender searched the shop and took money and cigarettes.

Both men then left and drove off in a small white van towards Platt Lane.

One man is described as being muscular, wore a grey hooded top with thick white drawstrings, grey tracksuit bottoms with a white and black stripe down the side, black gloves and balaclava.

The second wore a black hooded coat and dark blue jeans.

Detective Constable Darren Reid from Wigan East INPT said: “We believe the van used in the robbery parked outside the shop and was there for around ten minutes before the offenders used it to drive away.

“I would ask anyone who may have seen the van outside Ma Food and Wine between 9.05pm and 9.15pm to contact us. Also, if you witnessed anything suspicious or believe you may have seen these men, I would urge you to call police.”

Anyone with information should phone police on 0161 856 7081 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.