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Woman robbed at knifepoint of takings from local coffee shop
Wednesday 20th November, 2013

A woman was robbed of the takings from a local coffee shop after being threatened at knifepoint.

The 18-year-old woman was walking on Marsh Green in Wigan at about 10am on Monday 18 November 2013 when she was approached by a man riding a mountain bike.

The offender blocked her path, at which point the young woman noticed he was holding a black handled six-inch serrated knife.

The thief then threatened to stab her if she did not give him money, and then forcibly snatched her bag from her grasp.

He then rode off towards Hunter Road.

Uninjured but shaken, the woman then alerted the police, who are now investigating and appealing for witnesses.

The offender was said to be white with tanned skin, 6ft tall, of a muscular build and in his 30s. He was also said to have dark brown eyes, a pimple or spot on his nose and spoke with a deep, low voice. He was wearing black gloves, a black hooded coat that was pulled up to cover his hair which had black and grey fur on the inside.

Detective Sergeant Nigel Rigby said: "This young woman was stopped in her tracks and threatened at knifepoint by the offender, so you can imagine just how frightened she was.

"He was brandishing this weapon and went so far as to tell the woman he would stab her if she did not give him cash, and she genuinely feared for her life.

"This makes the offender a very calculating and dangerous individual and we need to catch him.

"I would appeal to anyone who has information about this robbery to come forward. If you witnessed what happened, or perhaps recognise the offender from the description or were in the area that day and saw someone similar on a mountain bike, then please come forward as your information could be vital."

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


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