UPDATED: Armed robbers drag woman by hair at Westhoughton Co-op

Co-op in Westhoughton

Co-op in Westhoughton

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Robbers dragged a woman shop assistant across a supermarket by her hair in a terrifying armed raid.

Two masked men burst into the Co-operative Food in Market Street, Westhoughton, just before 10pm on January 6.

They threatened staff with a screwdriver and a bat before stealing hundreds of pounds and cigarettes.

It is understood the staff member was behind the counter and tried to flee to a rear store room.

The robbers caught up with her and dragged her back to the till, which they forced her to open.

It is understood she was kicked in the ribs, had clumps of her hair pulled out and was left with a sprained wrist.

Paramedics were called and treated a woman for shock after she fainted.

A Co-operative Food spokesman said no customers were in the store but staff had been left “badly shaken”.

The raid came just two days after thugs armed with a bat stole hundreds of pounds from Betfred bookmakers in Market Street.

Cllr Christopher Peacock, who represents Westhoughton North and Chew Moor, said the town council would speak to police about the security of businesses in Market Street.

He added: “It is obviously concerning that there has been another incident in Market Street.

“We regularly speak to the local police team who do a good job in Westhoughton.

“Using the CCTV cameras we have had installed in the town centre we will try to help support the police in catching the people who have done this.”

No arrests have been made and police said inquiries are ongoing.

A staff member at a local newsagents, who asked not to be named, said: “It’s not great for old people, who already feel worried about going out.

“They might need milk or something late on and be too scared to go out if they think they might witness something like this.”

An elderly shopper from Wingates, who also asked to remain anonymous, added: “Perhaps the time of year has got something to do with it, with people a bit short after Christmas.”

The men were described as wearing dark clothing and are understood to have driven away in a dark Vauxhall estate car.

Anyone with information can phone police on 0161 8565619 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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4:26pm Mon 13 Jan 14

getajob123 says...

there have been 10 or more armed robberies in the last year in bolton..... santander horwich, barclays westhoughton twice, 4 or more newsagents in the last fortinght, shell garage on beaumont road, the petrol station near tesco in westhoughton etc etc etc....... prob many many more

gmp cannot be priortising their forces correctly, deploying too many to try to catch tax payers and give them a 60 quid fine, and not enough to combat the growing problem in bolton that is armed robberies, drugs and organised gangs

we had prob one or two incidences of armed robbery a year until 2 years ago, but now 10 or 15, the criminals know bolton is a soft touch, i just hope there is someone intelligent enough to spot the trend............ and more improtantly do something about it instad of chasing fines and statistics

bring back good old fasioned old school detectives instead of this robotic police force that we now seem to have that just chase stats

20 years ago if an armed robbery happened, you would get 2 highly educated and highly experienced detectives come round and START an investigation.......
......

now 2 bobbies rock up with a crime refrence number pad and give you a slip of paper and the bolton news pop round for a quick photo.........
there have been 10 or more armed robberies in the last year in bolton..... santander horwich, barclays westhoughton twice, 4 or more newsagents in the last fortinght, shell garage on beaumont road, the petrol station near tesco in westhoughton etc etc etc....... prob many many more gmp cannot be priortising their forces correctly, deploying too many to try to catch tax payers and give them a 60 quid fine, and not enough to combat the growing problem in bolton that is armed robberies, drugs and organised gangs we had prob one or two incidences of armed robbery a year until 2 years ago, but now 10 or 15, the criminals know bolton is a soft touch, i just hope there is someone intelligent enough to spot the trend............ and more improtantly do something about it instad of chasing fines and statistics bring back good old fasioned old school detectives instead of this robotic police force that we now seem to have that just chase stats 20 years ago if an armed robbery happened, you would get 2 highly educated and highly experienced detectives come round and START an investigation....... ...... now 2 bobbies rock up with a crime refrence number pad and give you a slip of paper and the bolton news pop round for a quick photo......... getajob123
  • Score: 19

5:11pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Reebok Rhythm says...

getajob123 wrote:
there have been 10 or more armed robberies in the last year in bolton..... santander horwich, barclays westhoughton twice, 4 or more newsagents in the last fortinght, shell garage on beaumont road, the petrol station near tesco in westhoughton etc etc etc....... prob many many more

gmp cannot be priortising their forces correctly, deploying too many to try to catch tax payers and give them a 60 quid fine, and not enough to combat the growing problem in bolton that is armed robberies, drugs and organised gangs

we had prob one or two incidences of armed robbery a year until 2 years ago, but now 10 or 15, the criminals know bolton is a soft touch, i just hope there is someone intelligent enough to spot the trend............ and more improtantly do something about it instad of chasing fines and statistics

bring back good old fasioned old school detectives instead of this robotic police force that we now seem to have that just chase stats

20 years ago if an armed robbery happened, you would get 2 highly educated and highly experienced detectives come round and START an investigation.......

......

now 2 bobbies rock up with a crime refrence number pad and give you a slip of paper and the bolton news pop round for a quick photo.........
Ditto! Far too much bureaucracy and not enough intervention. Bring back Life on Mars/Ashes to Ashes policing Gene Hunt style and fire up that Quattro!
[quote][p][bold]getajob123[/bold] wrote: there have been 10 or more armed robberies in the last year in bolton..... santander horwich, barclays westhoughton twice, 4 or more newsagents in the last fortinght, shell garage on beaumont road, the petrol station near tesco in westhoughton etc etc etc....... prob many many more gmp cannot be priortising their forces correctly, deploying too many to try to catch tax payers and give them a 60 quid fine, and not enough to combat the growing problem in bolton that is armed robberies, drugs and organised gangs we had prob one or two incidences of armed robbery a year until 2 years ago, but now 10 or 15, the criminals know bolton is a soft touch, i just hope there is someone intelligent enough to spot the trend............ and more improtantly do something about it instad of chasing fines and statistics bring back good old fasioned old school detectives instead of this robotic police force that we now seem to have that just chase stats 20 years ago if an armed robbery happened, you would get 2 highly educated and highly experienced detectives come round and START an investigation....... ...... now 2 bobbies rock up with a crime refrence number pad and give you a slip of paper and the bolton news pop round for a quick photo.........[/p][/quote]Ditto! Far too much bureaucracy and not enough intervention. Bring back Life on Mars/Ashes to Ashes policing Gene Hunt style and fire up that Quattro! Reebok Rhythm
  • Score: 15

5:51pm Mon 13 Jan 14

english n proud says...

**** hole westhoughton anyway
**** hole westhoughton anyway english n proud
  • Score: -33

8:48pm Mon 13 Jan 14

getajob123 says...

i cant help but notice in another article regarding a drunk man using racist insult today managed to get quotes from detectives at the scene of the insult

i bet they sent a load round when they heard that had happened

imagine that............ woman gets insulted by a drunk man who then walks off............

much more important GMP............ well done on effective deployment again

wow............ just wow
i cant help but notice in another article regarding a drunk man using racist insult today managed to get quotes from detectives at the scene of the insult i bet they sent a load round when they heard that had happened imagine that............ woman gets insulted by a drunk man who then walks off............ much more important GMP............ well done on effective deployment again wow............ just wow getajob123
  • Score: 7

8:52pm Mon 13 Jan 14

getajob123 says...

getajob123 wrote:
i cant help but notice in another article regarding a drunk man using racist insult today managed to get quotes from detectives at the scene of the insult

i bet they sent a load round when they heard that had happened

imagine that............ woman gets insulted by a drunk man who then walks off............

much more important GMP............ well done on effective deployment again

wow............ just wow
GMP does a great job of box ticking

- racist insult - detectives deployed - tick

- 10 or twenty armed robberys - 2 bobbies and a crime ref issued - tick

Well done GMP you have caught 0/10 armed robberies but i bet you find the drunk dude who insulted the woman today and get that racism box ticked
[quote][p][bold]getajob123[/bold] wrote: i cant help but notice in another article regarding a drunk man using racist insult today managed to get quotes from detectives at the scene of the insult i bet they sent a load round when they heard that had happened imagine that............ woman gets insulted by a drunk man who then walks off............ much more important GMP............ well done on effective deployment again wow............ just wow[/p][/quote]GMP does a great job of box ticking - racist insult - detectives deployed - tick - 10 or twenty armed robberys - 2 bobbies and a crime ref issued - tick Well done GMP you have caught 0/10 armed robberies but i bet you find the drunk dude who insulted the woman today and get that racism box ticked getajob123
  • Score: 4

11:35pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Rt Hon Gentleman says...

Utter scum.........surely there's still an unwritten code of conduct among criminals which includes not harming old people, children and women like this??.....
Presuming there is, let's hope someone turns these scumbags in.......
Utter scum.........surely there's still an unwritten code of conduct among criminals which includes not harming old people, children and women like this??..... Presuming there is, let's hope someone turns these scumbags in....... Rt Hon Gentleman
  • Score: 5

8:49am Tue 14 Jan 14

Wolfie190 says...

Armed robbery is not seen as a serious crime by the courts any more its a free for all out there and yes the police see a few words spoken to immigrants as much worse and requiring immediate attention... Those boxes arnt going to tick themselves.
Armed robbery is not seen as a serious crime by the courts any more its a free for all out there and yes the police see a few words spoken to immigrants as much worse and requiring immediate attention... Those boxes arnt going to tick themselves. Wolfie190
  • Score: 2

9:49am Tue 14 Jan 14

Wigan Trotter says...

And some complain when the scum bags are shot dead!
And some complain when the scum bags are shot dead! Wigan Trotter
  • Score: 3

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