Woman, 67, puts up fight against knife-wielding robber

The robber caught on CCTV
The robber caught on CCTV

A WOMAN bravely tried to fight off a knife-wielding robber at a newsagents in Wigan.

It happened between 2.40pm and 2.50pm at the Wilkinson Newsagents on Ormskirk Road in Pemberton on Saturday.

This woman showed a tremendous amount of bravery and fortitude to try and fight off the intruder

DC Rachel Forsythe

Police have now issued a CCTV still of the offender and are appealing to anyone who recognises him to come forward.

The thief walked into the store and initially appeared to be a genuine customer - he picked up a chocolate bar and two packets of crisps and put them on the counter. However, when the other customers left the store, he followed the member of staff behind the till and produced an 12-inch knife.

The offender held the knife close to the 67-year-old shop assistant and demanded cash.

The shop assistant bravely managed to push the offender’s arm away so the knife was not pointing at her, at which point the thief grabbed a very small amount of cash on the counter and fled.

He is described as being white, about 5ft 8in tall, in his late 20s, of a medium build and with short dark hair. He was wearing black trainers and a grey adidas tracksuit top with the hood pulled up and tracksuit trousers with black stripes down the sides.

Detective Constable Rachel Forsythe said: “This woman showed a tremendous amount of bravery and fortitude to try and fight off the intruder.

“Thankfully, she was not physically injured during the incident although clearly she was left extremely traumatised by what she had suffered at this man’s hands.

“We have issued a CCTV still of the offender and I would appeal to anyone who recognises him or has information about who he is or what happened to come forward and contact us.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.