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Appeal for witnesses after an attempted robbery at Asda in Golborne
Wednesday 2nd November, 2005

Detectives in Golborne are appealing for information about an attempted armed robbery at Asda on Tuesday 1 November 2005.

At approximately 9am three masked men walked through the main doors into the Asda store on Edge Green Lane. One of the men was armed with a gun and the other two were armed with an angle grinder and a wooden-handled axe. The man with the gun waited by the main doors whilst the other two men attempted to steal money from the ATM cash machine in the foyer area. They used their tools to attack the ATM but were unsuccessful in their attempts to steal any cash.

The men then made off empty handed, in a red Renault Clio along Edge Green Lane. The Clio was later found burnt out a few minutes away from ASDA on Edge Green Lane. Officers believe that the offenders may then have got into a blue Ford Focus which was later found abandoned on Keble Grove.

No one was injured during the incident.

The man carrying the gun is described as being white, approximately 6ft tall, wearing a three quarter length black jacket with black Adidas tracksuit bottoms with white stripes down the side. He was also wearing trainers.

The man carrying the yellow angle grinder is described as being around 6ft tall and of medium build. He was wearing jeans and black shoes.

The third man who was armed with an axe is said to have been wearing a white balaclava, black tracksuit bottoms and a white jumper with two black stripes across the chest.

Police are particularly keen to trace anyone who thinks that they may have seen the blue Ford Focus before it was abandoned on Keble Grove.

Anyone with any information about the attempted robbery is asked to contact Wigan CID on 0161 856 7295 or 856 7254. Alternatively they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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