CCTV released after attempted armed robbery

23 February 2011, 06:00 | Updated: 7 March 2011, 15:56

Hertfordshire Police have released a CCTV image of two men they want to talk to, following an attempted armed robbery in Watford at the end of last year.

It happened on Thursday, December 30th at around 7.05am. An offender went in to Kays Newsagents on St Albans Road and demanded money from a man and a woman who were working there.

The male member of staff - who was 70-years-old - was then shot in the stomach before the offender ran empty handed from the shop.

The elderly man needed a seven hour operation to save his life.

The offender is described as a white man aged in his late teens to early 20s. He was of a slim build with a thin face and was between 5ft 6ins and 5ft 8ins tall. He was wearing a woolly hat, a black or dark blue jumper and black trousers. He had a cream scarf covering his face from the bridge of his nose downwards.

Detective Inspector Tim Redfearn from the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit is investigating and said: “We are releasing the images of two men we would like to speak to in connection with the inquiry. They are walking along St Albans Road towards Watford town centre and are near the Total Garage not long after the incident occurred.

“I would ask these men, or anyone who believes they know who they are, to contact us. At this stage we do not believe they were involved in the incident but may have seen something which could prove vital to the investigation.

“Thankfully the victim is making a recovery from his injuries but this could have proved fatal. I would like to re-appeal to the better nature of anyone who knows who did this to do the right thing and contact police confidentially or Crimestoppers anonymously.”

Anyone who can assist should contact the incident room directly on 01707 355959. Alternatively call Crimestoppers, an independent charity, on 0800 555 111. You do not have to give your name and could be entitled to a cash reward.