New appeal over raids

POLICE have madee a fresh appeal for details about two violent robberies in Wigan borough within an hour of each other.

First a bank was raided and then a man attacked and in both instances large amounts of money were snatched. However, despite their closeness in time and relative proximity in distance, detectives do not believe the two incidents are linked.

They took place last Friday, the first at 11.40am at the Royal Bank of Scotland on Market Street, Hindley, when men armed with a sawn-off shotgun stole cash and fled in a stolen black Volkswagen Touran which was abandoned at the rear of Close Street and Scott Avenue.

Then at 12.40pm raiders targeted a man who was making a cash collection from Asda on Priestners Way, Leigh. He was pushed to the ground and money taken with the thief escaping in a blue Mini found later abandoned on Wigan Road.

Det Sgt Paul Rollinson said: “If anyone saw either offence being committed or either getaway car being abandoned please get in touch. Perhaps you saw them drive off in another vehicle – if so we want to hear from you.

“All information will be treated in confidence.”

Ring Wigan CID on 0161 856 7295 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.