MEMBERS of the public who stopped a man during an armed robbery at a betting shop have been praised.

Police were sent to the Ladbrokes store at Spinning Gate Shopping Centre in Leigh shortly after 2.30pm on Saturday where an armed robbery had taken place.

Three members of the public were walking past the outlet when they saw a man armed with a hammer and a wheel brace making threats inside.

They bravely intervened as he tried to flee with a quantity of stolen cash and detained him.

One member of the public suffered minor injuries.

Spinning Gate Shopping Centre manager Karen Cox said "Following an incident at Ladbrokes on Saturday afternoon we would like to thank members of the public who intervened.

"Their heroic actions minimised the situation, ensuring the offender was detained until Greater Manchester Police (GMP) arrived on site.

"The centre security officers provided assistance during the incident, liaising with GMP officers whilst operating the centre's CCTV.

"Our priority and concern is for the safety and welfare of our shoppers, the public, store staff and our centre team and thankfully there were no injuries resulting from this incident.

"We appreciate that the situation is upsetting for those involved, however, without their input, intervention and involvement the detention of the man would not have been possible.

"We are continuing to work closely with GMP and are of course assisting them with their enquiries."

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Manager of the Ladbrokes shop David Ingram praised the efforts of those who stopped the man too.

He added: "This incident shows there are some good people willing to help and protect each other.

"They have reacted without thinking of their own safety."

A 34-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of robbery.