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Pepper spray robbery blinds businessman

Posted on January 25 2011 at 3:07:33

A Bromsgrove business owner was blinded by pepper spray in a robbery of what police say was a “large quantity of cash” in the town centre

Two men attacked the man, who is in his 40s, in The Strand shop and business centre and stole his weekend takings.

Police are appealing for information after the attack at 1.15pm yesterday.

The victim had the money in a rucksack on his back, and was on his way to the bank when he was attacked by the men, one of whom sprayed pepper spray or similar in his face, pushed him over and stole the rucksack.

The rucksack, which was silver and blue, contained a substantial quantity of cash, although police are not revealing how much.

The offenders were both white men. One was 5ft 10ins to 6ft tall, of slim build, and aged 20 to 25. The other man was 5ft 8ins to 5ft 10ins tall, of medium build, and aged about 30.

Police are keen to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious, including anyone who saw a dark coloured Seat hatchback car in the vicinity late that morning or early in the afternoon.

The area where the robbery happened was closed off for several hours to allow forensic examination to take place but was reopened mid-afternoon.

Detective Inspector Jon Marsden of West Mercia Police said: “This was potentially a very serious incident.

“The victim sustained temporary blindness, and was taken by ambulance to the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch for treatment. He was left with reddening to his eyes, but luckily no permanent damage.”

Witnesses or anyone with information are asked to contact DC Ruth Hemingway at West Mercia Police on 0300 333 3000 quoting incident 324-s-240111 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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