Wigan pub-goers help to foil Co-Op raiders

Pub-goers in Wigan showed "incredible bravery" to help detain raiders who targeted a convenience store, police said.

Three masked men entered Co-Op on Pole Street, Standish, at 21:25 BST on Sunday and demanded cash from the till.

A member of staff left and alerted people in a pub opposite the store.

As the men were filling a bag with money and cigarettes, police said a number of pub customers burst in. Officers arrived and arrested two men.

They were held on suspicion of robbery and remain in custody.

The third man had earlier kicked open a secure door to a stock room and escaped through a fire door.

He is described as about 5ft 10in tall, of a medium to heavy build, wearing a black balaclava and spoke with a Liverpudlian accent.

Det Insp Martin Reddington, from Greater Manchester Police, thanked those who helped.

"The customers in the pub showed incredible bravery to confront these robbers in the act, with no thought for their own safety or wellbeing.

"This display of community spirit has undoubtedly given our officers an excellent start to this investigation".

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