|Armed robbery at post office - Standish
Police are appealing for witnesses following an armed robbery at the Worthington Post Office on Chorley Road in Standish, Wigan this morning Wednesday 20 September 2006.
Shortly after 11am this morning, it is believed two men wearing dark clothing, balaclavas and gloves went into the post office.
They forced two women, one member of staff and an elderly customer, against the post office counter and threatened them with violence unless a male member of staff opened the door to give them access to the post office area.
The man did so and the two women ran out of the shop.
The two offenders then made their way into the post office area, threatened the man and hit him on the arm with a sledgehammer causing minor injuries. They demanded the keys to the safe, which the man gave them after they had threatened him again. They then stole money from the safe and ran out of the shop.
It is believed that the men then got into a gold Volkswagen Golf and made off in the direction of the Boars Head roundabout before turning into Lurdin Lane, which is a track about half a mile along Chorley Road.
The car was later found abandoned and burnt out on Lurdin Lane close to the railway bridge.
It is believed the men may have them made off from the Water Drive area, close to Lurdin Lane, in a B registration silver Ford Focus
The offenders are described as white, one was approximately 5ft 8ins tall and of slim to medium build and the other was between 6ft and 6ft 2ins tall and of broader build than the first.
Nobody was seriously injured during this incident but all three people involved have been left extremely distressed and traumatised.
Anybody with any information about the two cars believed to be involved in the robbery, or who knows anything about this incident is asked to contact Wigan CID on 0161 856 7263/54 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.