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Robbers attack shopkeeper with crowbar in off licence raid
A CROWBAR was used to attack a shopkeeper as three robbers raided an off licence.
The culprits stole the till and its contents, and left the shop, police said, getting into what is believed to be a black VW Polo.
The victim, from the Cans off licence on Park Lane, Lane End, suffered cuts and bruising to his shoulders and cuts to his fingers but did not require hospital treatment.
Police suspect the same men committed a robbery at 10.30pm the same day on Mentmore Road, Booker, snatching an18-year-old man's mobile phone.
Police have this morning released details of the Lane End robbery which occurred about 9.10pm last Wednesday.
According to the victim the first offender had a yellow cloth covering his face, though he believes he was black.
The shopkeeper said he was wearing a dark top, leather gloves, white trousers, and black footwear.
Officials said the second robber had a black cloth covering his face, but is believed to have lighter skin than the first. He was wearing a dark hooded top with a white stripe along each arm, white trousers, and black footwear.
The third man also had a black cloth covering his face, with lighter skin, and was wearing a dark hooded top, dark trousers, and black trousers and footwear.
Anyone who witnessed either robbery, saw the men hanging around the Booker area, or has any information about the men responsible, should contact Det Con Quoc Vo via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 101.
If you don't want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.