Police have released CCTV of an armed robbery at a tanning shop in Leigh from the weekend before Xmas


At 4.30pm on Saturday 17 December 2016, a man entered a tanning shop on Bradshawgate and forced a cash drawer open using a screwdriver.

As the cash drawer opened, the man was disturbed by a member of staff who had been alerted to someone entering the shop after the door chime rang.

The offender turned to the member of staff and said, whilst pointing a knife with a pink handle: “I am not going to hurt you, I just want the money out of the till.”

He emptied the till and fled, turning left out of the shop and taking the first right.

Officers later recovered a screwdriver by the cash drawer.

The man is described as white, between 5ft 9ins and 6ft tall and was wearing a black hooded jacket and trousers. The hood on the jacket was up and pulled tightly so that there was a minimum amount of his face showing.

Detective Constable Chris Waddicar of GMP’s Wigan borough, said: “This is a calculated attack on a small business with the individual waiting to pounce until the staff were in the store cupboard.
“Fortunately, no-one was injured in the robbery but the fear the offender has caused is something the victims are going to live with for a very long time.

“If anyone recognises the man in the CCTV or has any information about the robbery, please get in touch with us as soon as possible.”


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