Axe raiders caught on phone camera
A "brave" member of the public photographed two raiders on a motorbike who attempted to smash their way into a jewellery store.
The images of the pair who targeted Uncle Jewellers and Pawn Brokers in Pemberton, Wigan, on Saturday afternoon have now been issued by police in a bid to trace the offenders.
One of the raiders used a sledgehammer to smash through an internal wooden door and the other used a axe to smash security glass at the shop in Chapel Street.
However, a brave employee managed to hold the two thieves back by barricading the door, even going as far as to push one of the would-be thieves back through the broken security window. The raiders then got back onto the bike and rode off empty-handed but not before threatening a startled member of the public with the axe.
Detective Sergeant Pete Carletti said: "This attempted robbery happened in broad daylight on a busy Saturday afternoon in Pemberton town centre.
"It caused a lot of commotion and I have no doubt there are lots of potential witnesses who saw what happened and could have vital information for us. We have obtained a large number of names of members of the public present in the area at the relevant time but I would ask for those people who have not yet spoken to police to contact us.
"There was a very similar robbery at Neil Kay's Jewellers in Wigan town centre last week, where again the offenders used a motorbike and a sledgehammer to try and steal jewellery, so we are looking into whether these two incidents are linked.
"The shop worker showed incredible bravery in the face of adversity to hold these two thieves back and I would like to commend them for their actions.
" I would also like to thank the member of the public who was brave enough to take photos of the offenders, although we would obviously never advise people to put themselves in danger to do so in any similar situation.
"We now need to find those responsible so I would again urge anyone who witnessed this appalling attempted robbery to come forward."
Anyone with information about the raid which happened shortly before 1.30pm should call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.