Tan shop worker wrestled knife thug

Wigan Sun World, Norley Hall Avenue and the Hair and Tan shop, Ormskirk Road, Pemberton were both targeted by armed robbers on the same day
Wigan Sun World, Norley Hall Avenue and the Hair and Tan shop, Ormskirk Road, Pemberton were both targeted by armed robbers on the same day

A FEARLESS tan shop assistant has told how she wrestled on the floor with a knife-wielding robber.

Kay Holmes successfully managed to retrieve her stolen mobile from the thug and temporarily disarm him, but was then punched in the face as he stole her portable DVD.

The attack on 34-year-old Kay took place at the Hair and Tan salon in Ormskirk Road, Newtown, and was one of two raids on similar premises in the area on the same area.

In the other, at the Sun Centre on Norley Hall Avenue, Norley, two members of staff were threatened with a knife by a masked man who ordered them to hand over cash.

Officers say they cannot rule out a link between the two robberies, which took place on Sunday.

Kay had just locked up at around 3.50pm when she heard knocking at the front door. Sticking her head round the blind, she informed the two men in their late teens outside that the shop was closed. But they responded by kicking the door.

Kay said: “I was fuming and went back to tell them off. Then the door swung open and one of them said ‘give us all your effing money.’ They then pulled down these balaclavas and I said ‘you idiots, I’ve seen your faces!’ I told them the boss had taken the money, but the guy came inside while his mate stood look-out. He went round the counter, took my mobile, stuck it in his back pocket and went into the back of the shop.

“I wasn’t having that. I chased after him and pulled the phone out of his pocket. Everyone has told me since that I shouldn’t have done that, but I was too mad.

“He kept saying ‘give me the money’ and asked where the safe was. Then he saw my DVD player. I grabbed it and said ‘you’re not having that’, but he chased me round the counter and punched me in the eye. He had a knife, and we wrestled for the DVD, ending up on the floor. I managed to knocked the knife out of his hand, but then he got it back along with the DVD, and he and his mate both ran off.

“I went after them but I could not catch them.”

Kay got her niece to flag down a police car, and the victim has since been to the doctor with her eye injury, which includes a scratched cornea. The raiders were last seen heading on foot towards Alexandra Park.

At 4.30pm, two female assistants, aged 34 and 21, were in the Sun Centre when a man in a balaclava and hood came in with a knife, and threatened them if they didn’t hand over money.