17 July 2012, 11:50
Bedfordshire Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was assaulted during a robbery in Bedford in the early hours of Sunday morning (July 15).
The incident happened at around 3.30am at a block of flats in Queens Drive, Bedford. After being woken by the communal buzzer ringing, the 28-year-old victim went to see who it was. As he walked towards the communal door he was struck to the back of the head with a pickaxe handle and then hit again to the side of the face before being further assaulted. Four offenders then entered the flat and demanded money from the victim’s girlfriend who handed over a substantial amount of cash. The offenders then fled the area.
The victim suffered injuries to his face and head and was taken to Bedford South Wing Hospital for treatment.
Descriptions of the offenders are limited but they are said to have been black, white or mixed race males, in their early 20s and wearing dark coloured hooded tops.
Detective Constable Surinder Ram, who is investigating the burglary, said: “We would really like to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time or anyone else who may have information – however small or insignificant they think it is – that could help us. Don’t dismiss your information as unimportant – even tiny details which don’t seem relevant now might become useful later on in the investigation.”
If you have information relating to this incident, contact DC Ram, in confidence, on 01234 275357, the non-emergency number 101, or text information to 07786 200011.