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Shots fired during armed robbery - Pemberton
Friday 21st October, 2005

Detectives are appealing for witnesses after three armed men robbed a bank in Pemberton and fired a shotgun in the process.

No one was injured in the robbery, which happened at the Halifax Building Society on Chapel Street at approximately 9.50am this morning, Friday 21 October 2005.

A cash-in-transit delivery was being made at the time of the robbery and the cash-in-transit guard was in the staff area behind the protective area. As the guard and staff organised the transfer of money, they became aware of two men entering the premise.

The first man stumbled into the shop and close behind him followed a masked man holding what has been described as a sawn-off shotgun. Another two masked men, one with a gun and one with an axe then followed.

The man who stumbled in was a member of the public, and he was pushed to the floor and had a gun pointed at him.

By this point the staff had retreated into a room away from the service area, and the offenders shouted at them to hand over money or the would shoot the customer.

The offenders then fired their guns at the door that separated the staff and customer areas, before trying to smash the glass partitions with the axe.

They were unable to break through to where the money was and ran out empty handed.

It is believed that they then got into a waiting green S-registration VW Golf, which officers have now recovered burnt out on Bradshaw Street. The car had been stolen earlier today from the Tyldesley area.

The 57-year-old man threatened by the robbers was uninjured but required treatment for shock following the incident.

Detective Constable Kevin TELFORD, from Leigh CID, said:

"The use of firearms is always worrying, but it is especially concerning for one to be discharged in the course of a robbery. This is a rare occurrence and that is why it is important that anyone with information or who was in the area at the time to contact us so we can take these dangerous men off the streets."

"We are also keen to hear from anyone who was in the area of Bradshaw Street at around 10am and may have seen the offenders dumping the car or another car waiting that looked out of place."

"Information can be passed to officers at Leigh CID on 0161 856 7135 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

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