AN elderly couple have been left ‘shaken and petrified’ after being held at gunpoint in their own home before they were kidnapped and taken to a cash machine.

Andrew Evans, 26, of Heath Street, Golborne, is wanted in connection with an incident on March 16 in which a man broke into a couple’s home between 3am and 4am at Stone Cross Lane North in Lowton armed with a gun in one hand and a knife in another.

After gaining entry, the man demanded money from the couple, who are in their 70s, and forced them into their own black Landrover Freelander car to drive them to a cash machine at High Street in Golborne town centre.

The man then ordered the couple to withdraw hundreds of pounds after telling them he was going to buy a present for his dying daughter.

After returning back to the couple’s home, the offender kissed the woman on the hand and left with the Landrover towards the East Lancashire Road advising them he would leave the vehicle in a supermarket car park for the couple to collect later.

But only minutes later the same car was spotted travelling around 70mph before colliding into a roundabout and flipping over.

Detective inspector Paul Rollinson of GMP’s Wigan Borough said: “This prolonged and harrowing ordeal has left this innocent couple shaken and petrified after being violently confronted in their own home.

“It is extremely important that anyone who knows where Evans is tells us at the earliest opportunity.

“I would like to remind people that anyone who knows where Evans is or anyone who is harbouring him and neglects to tell us will be committing an offence.”

If you have any information about this incident or Evan's whereabouts contact the police on 0161 856 7225 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.