Shop worker slashed on back when running to escape from machete-wielding robbers

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CCTV visuals of the suspects who attacked a shop worker at Halton’s Top Store, Leeds with a machete (Photo: West Yorkshire Police)

Officers investigating an armed robbery in Leeds, in which a member of staff was attacked with a machete and seriously injured, have released CCTV images of the suspects.

The shop worker was attacked even as he tried to run away from the masked robbers, police revealed.

The victim remains in hospital undergoing treatment for a serious injury to his hand.

The incident happened at Halton’s Top Store on Selby Road, Halton at around 8.50pm on Monday (23 August) when two men wearing balaclavas entered the store and started taking items.

As the shop staff, a 26-year-old man, approached the pair, one of the suspects produced a machete and struck him on the back causing a slight injury. He was then attacked with the machete again and received a serious injury to his hand that requires surgery.

“This was an appalling incident where the victim was running to escape when he was slashed on his back, and then suffered the injury to his hand while defending himself,” Detective Constable Samantha Wilson, of Leeds District CID, said.

“Although the suspects’ faces were masked, the CCTV images show the clothing they were wearing. We would like to hear from anyone who thinks they recognise them or who saw them in the area at any point before or after the incident.

“A number of vehicles passed the area around the time, and we would ask anyone with relevant dashcam footage to get in touch.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact DC 1104 Wilson at Leeds District CID via 101 quoting crime reference 13210427933 or online. Information can be given anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.