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Appeal after armed robbery at Post Office - Wigan
Tuesday 20th December, 2005

Detectives in Wigan are appealing for information after an attempted armedrobbery at a post office this morning, Tuesday 20 December 2005.

It is believed that at some point overnight, two men managed to break into the building on Wallgate in Wigan town centre.

The men are then believed to have waited on the first floor until staff arrived shortly after 8am.

The masked men went down to the ground floor and grabbed members of staff as they came into the counter area. One of the men is believed to have been carrying a sawn-off shotgun.

As other members of staff started coming into the building, the men tried to grab them. While the offenders were doing this, two staff members managed to run out of the front of the building.

The two offenders then went back upstairs and escaped from the building. They are believed to have left the scene on foot and run through the grounds of Wigan Parish Church towards the bus station.

The men, who were wearing dark clothing and had their faces covered, then got into a blue Vauxhall Vectra car and drove off. The car was found burned out a short time later in the Gidlow Lane area.

Around nine members of staff were in the post office when the incident happened. One man was taken to hospital suffering from the effects of shock. No money or property was stolen and enquiries are continuing.

Detectives are appealing for anyone who witnessed the men leaving the scene or abandoning the car near Gidlow Lane area to come forward.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the CID at Wigan on 0161 856 7263 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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