A shopkeeper was attacked and tied up in his shop during the early hours of Wednesday morning.Advertisement
Preston Police say the owner of Broadway News in Fulwood was targeted by two men.
The shopkeeper, in his 60s, was grabbed by the neck and thrown to the floor by a man who entered his shop around 5.55am on Wednesday (24 April).
A second man then entered the shop and bound the man’s hands and feet with gaffer tape.
Liquid was sprayed on the windows in an attempt to conceal the incident.
The contents of the till was taken and the pair made off towards Garstang Road on foot.
DI Nick Hills from Preston Police said: “This was a truly appalling attack on a shopkeeper about to start a day’s work. What is particularly shocking is the amount of violence and restraint used. Thankfully the victim wasn’t badly hurt but was taken to Royal Preston Hospital and checked over.
“If you saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area at the time or perhaps you saw two men running away, please get in touch. Similarly, if the descriptions of the suspects sounds familiar to you, please speak to us.”
The first offender is described as white, around 5′ 6″, of medium build and was wearing a hat, dark glasses, a dark jacket and blue trousers along with gloves.
The second man is also described as white, around 6′, of large build and was wearing a dark hooded top, dark trousers and a black face covering. He was carrying a large tool bag and was wore gloves.
Anyone with information can call Preston Police on 01772 209724 or if they fail to answer, 101, quoting incident reference 128 of today (April 24th).
Alternatively you can reach Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.
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