Rob­ber held blade to shop­keeper’s son

Po­lice hunt man who raided con­ve­nience store

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Robert Cum­ber robert.cum­ber@trin­i­tymir­

PO­LICE have re­leased CCTV footage in a bid to help catch this rob­ber who waved a knife at a shop­keeper and his teenage son in Hilling­don as he forced the fa­ther to open his till.

De­tec­tives are ap­peal­ing for help to find the man be­hind the ter­ri­fy­ing raid at Taal Food and Wine in Ruis­lip.

Po­lice said they were called to the store in Field End Road, where a “sub­stan­tial amount” of cash was taken on Satur­day, May 14 at around 10.35pm.

CCTV footage shows the rob­ber hold­ing a large kitchen knife close to the face of the 49-year-old shop­keeper as he forces him to open the cash reg­is­ter.

Of­fi­cers said the shop­keeper had ear­lier re­ceived cuts to his hands as he tried to pro­tect him­self and his son, who was pinned down in the cor­ner of the shop dur­ing a strug­gle with the at­tacker.

Po­lice said the rob­ber held the knife to the shop­keeper’s throat and that of his son when he tried to es­cape.

The owner of the shop was taken to a west Lon­don hos­pi­tal for treat­ment and was later dis­charged.

The sus­pect is de­scribed as a tall Asian man, aged in his mid 30s, and of medium build. He was wear­ing a grey cap, blue work over­alls and dark train­ers.

Any­one who recog­nises him or has any in­for­ma­tion is asked to call po­lice on 101 or 020 8246 1413, quot­ing ref­er­ence 0909609/16. You can also call Crimestop­pers, anony­mously, on 0800 555 111.

Go to getwest­lon­ to see the CCTV film

n CCTV: The knife-wield­ing rob­ber in Ruis­lip

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