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12 April 2013, 14:00
A 23 year old man has been hit on the head with a hammer and robbed after he won a large amount of money at a bookies in Kempston.
The victim had been in Corals Bookmaker in Bedford Road, Kempston, on Wednesday 10th April when he scooped a large win. After collecting his money, the victim went to leave the shop but was asked by the offender if he could give him a lift to Butler Way in the town. The victim agreed but when they arrived at the location, the offender took out a hammer and struck the victim to the side of the head. The victim managed to escape from the vehicle but the offender then made his way around the car and stamped on the victim’s head several times before stealing the cash that he had won. As the offender went to leave, he hit the victim again.
A member of the public called the police and officers attended to carry out an area search which proved negative. The victim was taken to hospital for treatment to head and facial injuries.
Detective Constable Mandy Durrant, who is investigating the robbery, is keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the attack or seen the offender in the area either before or after the robbery.
The offender is described as a black male, in his early 20s, around six feet tall and of stocky build. He was wearing a white hooded top with a pocket on the front and lettering on the arm, a navy blue body warmer, dark blue jeans and light coloured trainers.
DC Durrant said: “This was a very violent and prolonged attack which was carried out in broad daylight on a young man who had just won a large amount of money. The offender used extreme violence and I would urge anyone who may have seen the attack to get in touch.
“We are in the process of reviewing CCTV footage from the betting shop and speaking with a number of other customers who were in Corals at the time but I would like to hear from anyone who was in the Butler Way or Hartwell Drive area of Kempston and may have seen this offender fleeing after the attack.”