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AXE ASSAULT: Man seriously injured after being hit with axe during Amersham and Chesham Bois robberies (VIDEO)

 Published on: 26th February 2024   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

More than £5,000 has been raised for a store worker who was struck in the head with an axe during a robbery in Chesham Bois.

Thames Valley Police is currently investigating two robberies, which they believe could be linked, that took place in Amersham and Chesham Bois in as many days.

At around 5.30pm on Thursday, February 22, two men entered the Londis store on Bois Lane, Chesham Bois. One of the men was carrying an axe and made threats towards a member of staff demanding the till be opened. As one of the offenders walked behind the counter towards the till, he hit the staff member to the head with the axe, causing significant injuries. Both offenders left the scene with cash and vapes.

Residents have passed on their get well wishes to Harpal, the shopkeeper who is now receiving treatment for his injuries in hospital, in a book left open in the store.

A JustGiving page has also been launched by the store, raising more than £5,000 in a matter of days.

The JustGiving page reads: “All monies raised will be publicly disclosed and transferred directly to him and his family. Whether he chooses to spend the money on lost revenue, counselling, help for his staff etc., is at his discretion. This page has simply been set up to show that the community of Amersham care and wish him a speedy recovery.”

At a similar time the day before, on Wednesday, February 21, two men entered Ivy Stores on Plantation Road in Amersham and threatened a member of staff with a knife, then stole a number of items from the store.

Offenders left the scene with cash, vapes and tobacco. No one was injured during the incident.

The staff member who had been working during the robbery described the incident as “terrifying” and told Amersham News that this was the second robbery the store had suffered in two years.

Detective Sergeant Campbell Smith, based at Amersham Police Station, said: “These incidents are very concerning, and we are investigating them as being linked. No one should face this level of violence just for doing their job and a thorough investigation is underway to apprehend those responsible.

“We are working closely with our neighbourhood policing teams to support local businesses and you will see more officers in the area as part of extra patrols, as well as carrying out our investigation.

“If you have any information about either of these incidents or were driving in the area at the time and have a dashcam in your vehicle, I urge you to get in touch. You can contact us using our online form or by calling 101 quoting reference number 43240085255. Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their website.”

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