Injured worker praised for bravery after robbery at Christchurch seaside cafe (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Injured worker praised for bravery after robbery at Christchurch seaside cafe
DETECTIVES in Christchurch are appealing for witnesses after a robbery at a seaside cafe.
The incident happened at around 5.35pm on Wednesday September 25 at the Avon Beach newsagents shop at Mudeford.
A man entered the store and forced his way behind the counter where he stole £260 from the cash register.
He also assaulted a female member of staff, pushing her over as he made his escape.
Peter Hayward, whose family owns Avon Beach Ltd, said: “The man assaulted our shop assistant Laura as she was cashing up. He man-handled her and she is heavily bruised as a result.
“She went above and beyond to protect the money and a lot more would have been stolen if she hadn’t acted so bravely.”
The offender is described as a white man, aged in his midtwenties and of medium build with a tattoo on his left forearm and dark hair.
He was wearing a beige coloured baseball cap, a blue Adidas T-shirt with the logo written in white on the chest, light coloured shorts and black Nike trainers.
Detective Constable Neil Third, of Dorset Police’s CID, said: “This was a very distressing incident for the employees at this shop, and it is fortunate nobody was hurt.
“I urge anyone who witnessed this robbery, has information about the man responsible or saw someone acting strangely prior to the incident taking place to contact police in confidence.”
He left the scene on a black full suspension mountain bike.
No arrests have been made but there is CCTV footage of the incident.
Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 25:389
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