/ Two cash machine robberies in Wigan

Police are appealing for information after two cash machine robberies in Wigan.

In the first incident, police were called at around 1am on Thursday 14 September 2017 to reports of a robbery at a Co-op on Holmes House Avenue in Winstanley.

Four offenders wearing balaclavas had set off a small explosion to access the cash machine and then cut through the shutters to gain entry to the shop.

Once inside, they have taken cash trays from the machine and made off with £14,000 in a dark car toward the M6.

24 hours later, police were called at 1.30am on Friday 14 September 2017 to reports of a robbery at a Co-op on Coach Road in Astley.

Five men have set off a small explosion to the cash machine and gained entry to the shop by cutting through the shutters.

These men have then taken cash from inside the store and made off in a black VW Golf toward the A580.

Detective Constable Lynsey Watson-Perry of GMP’s Wigan Borough, said: “These robberies used explosives and took place in the early hours of the morning, which must have been very distressing for local residents.

“These men have clearly targeted the cash machines, carrying out a comprehensive operation to steal the money, leaving a damaged shop behind.

“I’m asking for anyone who heard a disturbance at this time, or saw a group of men acting suspiciously around the area, to please get in touch and help with our investigation.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 7292 or 101, quoting incident number 122 of 14/09/17. This can also be done anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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