Shop assistant threatened with meat cleaver

A V for Vendetta mask like the one worn by one of the robbers
A V for Vendetta mask like the one worn by one of the robbers

POLICE are hunting two men - one wearing a terrifying ‘V for Vendetta’ mask - who threatened a shop assistant with a meat cleaver during a robbery.

Shortly after 8.30pm on Monday two men wearing masks walked into The Weekender off-license on Elliot Street in Tyldesley and approached the counter. One man threatened the shop assistant with a meat cleaver and demanded cash, whilst the other man stole alcohol and cigarettes. Both men then fled the shop.

CCTV footage of the robbers

CCTV footage of the robbers

The man with the meat cleaver is described as being of medium build, and was wearing a beige balaclava, light blue top with a print of an animal on the front, gloves, dark tracksuit bottoms and white trainers.

The second man is described as being of medium build, and was wearing a navy hooded top with the hood pulled up, light-coloured tracksuit bottoms and he was carrying a plastic bag. He was wearing a mask in the style of the movie V for Vendetta.

Detective Constable Brian Johnston of Wigan division said: “To be confronted by a man with a meat cleaver was a terrifying experience and the man was shaken by what happened.

“We want to catch these two men and stop them from using any more violence, so I would urge you to look closely at the CCTV images and if you recognise either of the men, to contact police immediately.”

To be confronted by a man with a meat cleaver was a terrifying experience and the man was shaken by what happened

DC Brian Johnston

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 7225, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.