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Appeal: Shopkeeper hit with hammer in Salford robbery

Police are appealing for information after a shopkeeper was attacked with a hammer in terrifying shop raid in Salford.

The victim suffered a serious head and shoulder injury in the attack and was taken to Salford Royal hospital for treatment.

At 8.30pm on Sunday 6 September the suspect, a white man wearing a balaclava and a tracksuit, walked into the Mini Market on Gerald Road in Pendleton and approached the counter.

He threw a bag at the man behind the counter and demanded that he fill it with money, but the shopkeeper refused and tried to defend himself with a stool.

In the struggle with the thief the victim was smashed over the head with the hammer.

The robber fled on foot towards Seaford Road and a nearby housing estate.

Detective Constable Zoe Nightingale of GMP’s Salford Division said: “The victim was confronted by a balaclava-clad man and suffered injuries, whilst trying to defend himself and the shop.

“This must have been terrifying for the victim and I would like to appeal to anyone with information to please contact the police.”

Anybody with information should contact police on 0161 856 5470 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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