Man fights off raiders with shoe - despite being stabbed
AN heroic shop worker fought off armed robbers with a shoe — despite being stabbed twice in the arm. Two masked robbers went into the Mercury Service Station in Manchester Road, Westhoughton, yesterday at 1.20am. One of the would-be raiders brandished a knife and threatened the shop worker. He jabbed the knife into the assistant’s arm every time he tried to fight them off. The shop worker then took off one of his shoes and also grabbed a glass jar to fight the robbers off. The raiders backed off and fled empty handed. The victim had to have 12 stitches to two “puncture wounds” to his arm. He was discharged from hospital after treatment. Det Con Malcolm Cheetham said: “This man’s heroic actions meant that these thieves were able to get away empty handed — but for his trouble he was wounded. “We will do all we can to find the men responsible.” The garage is a BP filling station with a mobile phone shop and a Subway takeaway and restaurant. Both of the suspects were black. The man with the knife was about 6ft tall, of medium build and in his early to mid 20s. His accomplice was about 5ft 9ins tall and of medium build. Detectives are looking to trace a woman who walked into the store seconds before the incident and is thought to have witnessed the attempted robbery. Det Con Cheetham said: “We are appealing for witnesses, but in particular we need to hear from the woman who walked in only moments before. “She didn’t stick around to give police her account, probably because she was so shaken up. “We need to find out everything that she may have heard or seen, including before the robbery. We urge her to get in touch as soon as possible.” A 42-year-old man who lives in Manchester Road and who asked to remain anonymous, said: “I go in the shop most days and it’s awful to hear this happened so close to home. You don’t expect it in a place like Westhoughton. “I had seen a police car by the garage but I didn’t put it down to anything serious. I presumed it was a shoplifter or someone who had driven off without paying for petrol. To think that a worker got injured makes me feel sick. “He was very brave to challenge the men. He was courageous and lucky not to have been more seriously hurt. He might be scarred for life for just doing his job. It’s very frightening.” Cllr David Chadwick, leader of Westhoughton Town Council, added: “This is unfortunately a sad reflection that some elements of society want what they don’t have themselves. It seems it’s some employees in the ‘firing line’ who suffer the anxiety and physical injuries.” People with information can call the police on 0161 856 1527 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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