Dog chases armed men from Wigan house

A dog has chased a gang of armed men from a house in Greater Manchester during an attempted robbery.

Three men burst into a family home in Pepperwood Drive, Winstanley, Wigan, at 2225 BST on Friday.

The dog, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, attacked one of the raiders and bit him. The man struck the dog with a gun before attacking a woman, 22.

The dog kept biting the man. It chased the trio from the house to the garden and the bitten raider dropped his gun.

The animal pulled him to the ground but he struggled free and ran off.

The first man was described as white, about 5ft 7in (1.7m) and wearing a dark hooded top, jeans and trainers.

'Shameful act'

The second raider was also white, in his late teens to early 20s, with dark hair and was wearing a grey hooded top.

The other man was white and wearing a dark hooded top, light trousers and trainers. All had balaclavas.

Det Ch Insp Howard Millington said: "To attack a defenceless young woman, who was protecting her dog, with a pistol is a shameful act and these men need to be caught and spend years looking at the four walls of a jail cell.

He appealed to anyone with information to contact police.

Mr Millington also urged anyone who sees a man who had been bitten by a dog several times, including medical staff, to contact police immediately as it could be "absolutely crucial" to the investigation.

He said he believed a silver hatchback car may have been used as a getaway vehicle and appealed to anyone who saw one being driven suspiciously in the area to contact police.

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