Cou­ple at­tacked as armed thugs rob store

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A BRAVE mar­ried cou­ple were at­tacked by knifewield­ing in­trud­ers dur­ing a rob­bery at their Failsworth shop.

Po­lice are ap­peal­ing for wit­nesses fol­low­ing the rob­bery at Ziggy’s store on Propps Hall Drive, at about 10pm, on Jan­uary 13.

A gang of three burst into the store while the man, 39, was on the shop floor. One of the robbers jumped onto the counter and dragged the till off the counter, while another threat­ened the shopowner with a knife and the third stood as look­out.

The cou­ple tried to in­ter­vene in the rob­bery and grap­pled with the in­trud­ers. The man was punched in the face and his wife, 35, sus­tained a cut to her thumb.

The of­fend­ers then fled with the till. They are de­scribed as white, of slim build and wear­ing dark cloth­ing and bal­a­clavas.

Po­lice Con­sta­ble Craig Rice said: “Fam­ily-run busi­nesses like this are the lifeblood of our business com­mu­ni­ties and we need to pro­tect the peo­ple who run them. The best way to do that is to find who was re­spon­si­ble and bring them to jus­tice.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion should call po­lice on 101 or Crimestop­pers, on 0800 555 111.

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