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Attempted armed robbery in Bickershaw
Wednesday 23rd February, 2005

Detectives in Wigan are appealing for witnesses after two police officers patrolling the Bickershaw area interrupted an armed robbery.

Shortly after midday today, Wednesday 23 February 2005, the officers were on mobile patrol in a police van when they passed Bickershaw Post Office on Bickershaw Lane and saw men wearing balaclavas inside the shop.

The officers went into the post office where they were confronted by a man with a gun and two other offenders. The men threatened the officers before running out of the shop and escaping in a dark coloured saloon car along Bickershaw Lane towards Leigh.

It is believed the men had been in the shop for a matter of seconds before they were disturbed by the police officers. They had just entered the post office and threatened the woman behind the counter when police arrived. There were two customers in the shop at the time but no one was injured.

Detective Sergeant Ian MELLING from Wigan CID said: "Thankfully the police officers on patrol were able to disperse a potentially violent armed robbery.

"The customers and the shop employee were left shaken by the ordeal even though it only lasted a few seconds and I am glad no one was injured.

"It is thought the registration number on the car the offenders made off in began with W712. I would ask anyone who spotted a car driving at speed in the area to contact police.

"Anyone who has any information, no matter how small they think it may be, should contact Wigan CID on 0161 856 7253 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

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