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Person hurt in machete attack at Hamilton shop


A Hamilton dairy owner has been left shaken following an aggravated robbery at his store which resulted in a man being injured.

Police were called to the Jai Jalaram Showground­s

Superette in the suburb of Claudeland­s at around 2pm yesterday following a report of an aggravated robbery.

‘‘Police were called to a Heaphy Terrace commercial premises ... after a report of three men entering the store armed with a machete and making demands,’’ police said. ‘‘One person was then assaulted, causing a wound to the shoulder. They have been taken to hospital in a moderate condition.’’

The offenders fled the scene in a vehicle.

A small group of people were outside the store where a witness said a person was ‘‘swiped across the shoulder’’ with a machete.

Owner of the store, Bhupen Patel said he spotted the men walk into the store, one brandishin­g a machete and ‘‘straight away’’ ran to the back of the shop.

Patel said he had a fog canon and alarm system installed in his store and when the fog cannon went off, he saw the men run out of the store.

‘‘I’m still shaking . . . It’s scary you know,’’ he said.

St John Hato Hone responded to the incident at 1:57pm with one ambulance and two rapid response units.

One patient was assessed and treated before being transporte­d to Waikato Hospital in a moderate condition.

‘‘This type of violent incident is unacceptab­le. We are now working hard to identify and locate those involved so we can hold them accountabl­e,’’ Hamilton City Area Commander Inspector Andrea McBeth said.

‘‘We have received several eyewitness accounts as well as footage, all of which will be extremely useful in our investigat­ion.’’

 ?? ?? Store owner Bhupen Patel.
Store owner Bhupen Patel.

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