Shopkeeper attacked and robbed in Luton

Detectives in Luton are appealing for the public’s help in tracking down two vicious attackers who beat up and robbed a shopkeeper in the town yesterday evening, Tuesday 10 August 2010.

The incident occurred at approximately 8.30pm when the owner of the Home Improvement Centre on Dunstable Road was locking the shop. Two men approached and asked if they could still buy something. They were allowed into the shop. It is possible other potential customers may have entered at the same time. 

Soon entering, the two men threatened the shopkeeper with a knife before punching him in the face and chest area after which he was tied and taped up. 

The attackers then stole an unknown amount of cash from the shop. 

As well as other shoppers in the store, it is possible there were people in the immediate surrounding area just before the attack 

The attackers are described as two white males, both possibly in their mid-forties. One had a ginger beard and was wearing a black woolly hat. They may have been wearing ‘work jackets’ one possibly yellow. It is also possible either or both of them had Irish accents. 

The shopkeeper was taken to the Luton and Dunstable hospital suffering from facial and chest injuries. 

Bedfordshire Police are appealing for anybody who was in the relevant area between 8.15pm and 8.45pm last evening to contact them. 

Any witnesses to the incident or anyone who feels they may be able to help the investigation should contact Detective Constable Amy Kelly at Luton Police Station, in confidence, on 01582 394333, or text information to 07786 200011, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.