Hunt for robber who dropped gun in Leigh

Police in Greater Manchester are searching for two men who abandoned a gun during a robbery at a shop.

The robbers, who were both masked and brandishing guns, burst into the No 1 store in St Helens Road, Leigh, at 2215 BST on Saturday.

They ordered the 54-year-old shopkeeper to open the till. He refused and as they struggled the raider dropped his gun.

The robbers fled the shop, carrying the the till.

One of the men was described as white, with a slim build. He was wearing a grey camouflage jacket, black scarf, black gloves, and grey trousers.

'Desperate robbers'

The other was also white, of medium build and wearing a dark jumper, black balaclava with dark gloves and tracksuit bottoms.

Det Con Paul Finnen said: "We have a team of detectives working to catch these desperate robbers.

"We have recovered one handgun and now need the public's assistance to help us take another weapon, and two dangerous criminals, out of circulation.

"If you saw anyone acting suspiciously on or near St Helens Road before or after the incident then please get in touch."

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