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Attempted cash in transit robbery
Wednesday 23rd November, 2011

Security guards delivering cash to a Co-op store in Wigan foiled an attempted robbery.

It happened during a cash delivery to the store on Church Street in Orrell at about 7am on 16 November 2011.

Guards were delivering to a cash machine at the side of the store when two men appeared from behind the van and approached one of the guards who was holding a cash cassette.

The would-be thief tried to grab the cash the other guard shepherded his colleague and the cash inside into the secure area and locked the offender out.

After about a minute of trying to force the door open, the thieves fled in a blue car empty-handed.

The offenders were described as being 5ft 7in to 5ft 8in tall, wearing dark clothes and balaclavas. It is also believed they were with two others who were either in the car or stood by it.

Police are now appealing for witnesses.

Detective Constable Kath Andrews, from Wigan CID, said: "It is clear these offenders were lying in wait for the guards to make their delivery, and were it not for the quick-thinking actions of one of the guards who pulled his colleague to safety, they could have made off with a lot of money.

"Thankfully, they did not get their hands on anything and no-one was injured.

"This however does not diminish the seriousness of what these men tried to do and we need the public's help to try and identify who they are and bring them to justice.

"Did you see anything? Did you see a blue car being driven at high speed near to this incident? Have you overheard something? If you do have information then please come forward as it could be crucial."

Anyone with information is asked to call Greater Manchester Police on 0161 856 5307 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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