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Detectives hunt armed raiders after attack on shop keeper at Staffordshire store

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: February 25, 2014

By Sarah Marshall

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THUGS armed with a garden fork attacked a shop keeper during an attempted robbery on a Staffordshire store.

Two men on a scrambler-type motorbike pulled up at Hill Street Grocery in Essington just before 6pm last night as it was closing.

But they fled empty-handed after assaulting the shop keeper, who was not seriously injured.

They rode off on the bike, which had a white mud guard and was a loud two-stroke type with no number plate.

Both attackers are described as white and thought to be their late teens or early 20s. They both wore full face helmets, with the main rider having a mirrored visor, which was purple or blue. He is also said to be around 6ft tall and wore a black bomber-style jacket.

The yobs also carried a large builder-type bag.

Detectives are urging anyone who witnessed the attack or who saw two men acting suspiciously in the area at the time to contact DC Marcus Davies at Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 571 pf February 24, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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