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Machete gang who sparked city center shop lockout arrested

Three men have been arrested after reports of a machete-wielding gang in a city center sparked panic and led to shops going into lockdown.

A suspect was chased by officers across Wigan before being apprehended with the help of the public at a bus stop on suspicion of being in possession of a bladed article.

Two other men believed to be linked to the incident on Thursday afternoon were arrested nearby on Frog Lane on suspicion of being in possession of an offensive weapon.

Two knives were recovered and the three suspects are in custody.

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Inspector Sam Davies said: “This was a truly frightening incident for the public, with local shops taking the decision to close for their safety.

“Thankfully no members of the public were injured and I am pleased to say all our officers are safe.

“They put themselves in harm’s way without hesitation, and through their courageous actions, all individuals we believe were involved were quickly arrested.”

He added: “I would also like to thank a member of the public who tried to assist an officer in apprehending a suspect at Wigan bus station.

“If they read this, I would urge them to get in touch so I can personally thank them for their actions.

“Additional officers remain in the area to provide reassurance to the public. If you have any concerns or questions, please don’t hesitate to talk to them, they are there to help.”

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