Shopkeeper pistol-whipped during Bexleyheath armed robbery

PUBLISHED: 12:05 10 January 2014 | UPDATED: 12:05 10 January 2014

Armed robbers pistol-whipped a 60-year-old shopkeeper in Bexleyheath on New Year's Eve.

The five men entered the Pick Mix Trade Fireworks store, in Pickford Lane, at around 10.30 on December 31 demanding cash.

One of them used a black handgun to hit the shopkeeper, before the gang stole a sum of cash and fled in the direction of Oldfield Road.

The shopkeeper was treated at hospital for a head injury, but later released.

Det Sgt Scott Chimes, of Flying Squad, said: “I am appealing to local people in particular who may have been in the area at the time of the robbery and may have witnessed the incident, or seen the suspects running toward Oldfield Road, to contact the police.”

The suspects are all described as black men, around 18-year-old and wearing dark clothing.

Anyone with information is asked to call the police on 020 8345 4226, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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