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Armed robbery at pub
Thursday 12th October, 2006

Detectives in Wigan are appealing for witnesses following an armed robbery at a pub in Whelley yesterday morning.

At about 4am, Wednesday 11 October 2006, three men broke into the White Lion and Railway pub at Whelley and woke the landlady and her partner.

The men were armed with a gun and a knife and threatened the pair to hand over money. They then locked them in a cupboard while they searched the rest of the pub.

The men then left with a number of items including money from the fruit machines and cigarettes.

The couple managed to force their way out of the cupboard and call the police.

The men have been described as white and with Liverpool accents. They were wearing dark tracksuits and 'hockey style' masks across their faces.

Detective Sergeant Graham Rigby from Leigh CID said: "The gun was discharged during this incident in one of the offender's pockets and made the noise similar to that of a cap gun. It was then used to threaten the victims for money.

"This was a terrifying incident and although no one was injured, the couple were very shaken and the landlady was taken to the Wigan Royal Infirmary with shock.

"The pub is on the main route between Wigan and Bolton and I'd ask any motorists who may have driven by that morning at about 4am and who saw anything suspicious to contact us."

Anyone with any further information is asked to contact Leigh CID on 0161 856 5307. Information can also be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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