Police hunt wallet snatchers

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A MAN was left badly shaken after two offenders snatched his wallet.

The 48-year-old man was robbed near Shakerley Road in Tyldesley after leaving the town’s Poundstretcher store at around 6.20pm on October 11.

The man was making his way down a path leading off Shakerley Road across open land towards Ellesmere Street when a man asked him if he could exchange two £10 notes for a £20, and as he had the money the victim got his wallet out.

The offender then grabbed the man by the throat and pushed him into a brick wall, before snatching the wallet and throwing it to another man on a mountain bike. The cyclist rode off and the other offender fled.

Police are now appealing to anyone with information about the incident to come forward.

The first man is described as being white, about 6ft tall and had pot marks on his face. He was wearing a dark coloured baseball cap, dark coloured tracksuit bottoms with stripes down the side and a dark coloured jacket.

His accomplice, who was on the mountain bike, was said to be white, about 20-years-old, 5ft 6in tall and of a stocky build. He was wearing a grey hat and dark clothing.

Detective Constable Brendan Greally, from the Volume Crime Team at Wigan, said: “The man was not physically injured but has been badly shaken up by being robbed by these two men.

“This is not about the money but the emotional trauma he has been subjected to and therefore we need to trace the two men responsible.

“I would appeal to anyone who witnessed either the robbery itself, or who saw thinks they may know who was involved, to call police.”

Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 7352 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.