/ Appeal after robbery at same shop in Hindley

Police are appealing for information after McColls shop in Hindley is robbed for the second time.

At around 9.40pm on Wednesday 20 September 2017, police were called to reports of an attempted robbery at a McColls shop on Atherton Road.

Two men had entered the shop carrying claw hammers, threatening staff and asking them to give them money from the till.

When the offenders were told there was no money, they left the store and fled in an unknown direction.

Less than a month later, at 9.30pm on Tuesday 17 October 2017, police were called to reports of a burglary at the same McColls shop.

Three men had entered the shop carrying kitchen knives and a lump hammer, with one of the men threatening to assault the shop assistant if they didn’t open the tills.

The other men then jumped over the counter and took items from the display, before taking a cash register from one of the shop assistants.

All three men then left the shop with the stolen items and made off in an unknown direction.

Detective Constable Andrew Partington of GMP’s Wigan Borough, said: “Both of these incidents must have been terrifying for the shop assistants who were met with these weapons.

“The men posed a serious risk, not only to the staff working tirelessly behind the counter, but to the people who could have been in the shop at the time.

“I’m appealing to anyone who was in the shop, or nearby, when these robberies took place, to please get in touch with us and help with our enquiries.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 7225 or 101, quoting CR 277631T/17. This can also be done anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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