Shop worker suffers horrific injury in raid - police release CCTV and appeal for help

Woman injured in Hillgrounds raid, in Kempston.
Woman injured in Hillgrounds raid, in Kempston.

Police in Kempston have released pictures of the injuries suffered by a shop worker during a robbery at the One Stop shop in Hillgrounds last week.

The incident happened on Friday, January 31, at about 8am when a man wearing dark clothing, entered the store via the back door and assaulted the woman before removing cash from the safe.

CCTV of Hillgrounds shop raid.

CCTV of Hillgrounds shop raid.

During the incident the 45-year-old shop worker sustained facial injuries and was taken to Bedford Hospital for treatment.

The man left the shop via the back door and headed towards Kingstop Close, leading to the Hartwell Drive area.

The officer in charge of this investigation, DC Emma Langwith, is keen to trace anyone who can identify the man shown in the CCTV image also released.

DC Langwith said: “The victim has been extremely brave and is thankfully now recovering from this ordeal.

The pictures of her injuries illustrate the violence of the assault she endured and it is hoped that these images will motivate anyone who knows the identity of the man responsible to come forward and assist this investigation.

“Two men have been arrested in connection with this investigation and released on police bail pending further investigation but we still need to identify the man shown in the CCTV image attached.”

She added: “This is a busy area of Kempston and I’m sure there were a number of people out and about making their way to work. I would also continue to urge anyone who saw this man in the area to come forward and speak to the police, in confidence.”

The offender is described as being around 6ft tall and wearing a black woolly hat, with a dark scarf and a dark jacket.

If you have information relating to this incident you can contact DC Langwith, in confidence, on 01234 275351, Bedfordshire Police on 101, or text your message to 07786 200011.

Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.