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Two social clubs targeted in two days
Wednesday 29th October, 2008

Armed men targeted two different social clubs in Wigan in two days.

Shortly before 6.55pm on Saturday 25 October 2008, two men, one armed with a gun and the other armed with a hammer and knife, walked into St Patrick's Social Club on Wellington Street, Ince.

One of the offenders pointed the gun at a customer and ordered him to get on the floor before aiming the weapon at the manager and demanding cash.

The men escaped with a large amount of cash in an unknown direction.

Shortly before 7.25pm on Monday 27 October 2008, two men, again armed with a gun and knife, walked into Swinley Labour Club on Coppull Lane, and threatened staff and customers, again ordering them to get on the floor.

The men stole some cash from the till before escaping in a green Hyundai Accent along Wigan Lane.

In both robberies the two men were dressed in dark clothing and had their faces covered. During both incidents one of the offenders called the other 'Billy'.

Detective Sergeant Gary Ashurst, from Wigan CID, said: "Although I am keeping an open mind about these two robberies, the similarities suggest they are linked.

"Anyone prepared to carry out an armed robbery is a menace and must be caught.

"I am certain someone knows who has carried out these robberies and I would appeal to them not to cover for whoever is responsible but to do the right thing and call police.

"I would also like to encourage anyone who may have witnessed either incident to come forward."

Anyone with any information is asked to call Wigan CID on 0161 856 5307, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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