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Machete-wielding gang steal Wigan woman’s life savings in home burglary, The Manc

Machete-wielding gang steal Wigan woman’s life savings in home burglary

An armed gang has stolen a woman’s life savings in an aggravated burglary in Wigan.

Three men broke into the home in Bickershaw and made off with a safe containing at least £50,000 in cash.

The victim, a woman in her 60s, was ‘painstakingly’ saving the money to support her vulnerable son, police have said.

Detective Inspector Patrick Wood has described it as a ‘despicable crime’.

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Officers were called at around 11.20pm on Tuesday December 21 to reports of a burglary on Beacon Road in Bickershaw.

Machete-wielding gang steal Wigan woman’s life savings in home burglary, The Manc
GMP are appealing for information

The gang were armed with pepper spray and a machete, and demanded that the victim hand over cash from a small safe.

They made their escape on foot and police are now looking for witnesses and information.

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There were no injuries and no arrests have been made.

Mr Wood, of GMP Wigan CID, said: “We believe this to be a targeted incident and are appealing to the public to find those responsible.

“A small safe with at least £50,000 in cash is believed to have been stolen from the property – these were the victim’s life savings which had been painstakingly saved over a long period of time and were in place to support her vulnerable son in the future when the victim was unable to care for him herself.

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“Right now, there are three men in your community who have committed the despicable crime of stealing the life savings from a woman which has seriously impacted the future of her vulnerable son and I expect this will disgust you as much as it has the police.

“If you know who these offenders are – I would suggest somebody will do, as this is a significant amount of money stolen and difficult to keep quiet – I strongly urge you to do the right thing for the family and contact us and report them for this awful crime.

Anyone with information – including CCTV or dashcam footage from the area at the time of the incident and anyone who finds a discarded safe – is asked to report it online or by using the LiveChat service at www.gmp.police.uk quoting log 3261 of 21/12/2021.

Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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