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Appeal after armed robbery-Wigan
Wednesday 6th July, 2005

Police in Wigan are trying to trace two men who tied up a pub manager before escaping with the takings.

The 19 year old man was working in the Cross Keys Hotel on Bolton Road in Ashton in Makerfield when two men came in through the back door at 11.30 am on Sunday 3rd July 2005.

The first man pushed the victim to the ground and threatened him with a knife before tying his hands and feet together with plastic cable ties. He then put tape over the manager's mouth before searching his pockets and taking the safe keys.

He was joined by a second offender; both men then went to the safe and stole a substantial amount of money. A short time later the manager managed to free himself and called the police.

Detective Constable Kevin TELFORD from Wigan CID today said:

"I have been working closely with the victim in this case to piece together the circumstances of what happened on Sunday morning."

"The area around the back of the building where the robbers came in is a busy area and I am sure that someone will have witnessed these men coming into or out of the building."

"Fortunately the manager was not injured but this could easily have been a much more serious incident. I would urge anyone who saw anything suspicious to contact the CID at Wigan on 0161 856 5308 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111".


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