63-year-old St Paul's Cray man attacked by masked men with hammer in newsagents robbery (From News Shopper)
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63-year-old St Paul's Cray man attacked by masked men with hammer in newsagents robbery
The scene after the incident, which happened last Friday (August 16). Photo: Grant Falvey/dimensionphotos.com
A MAN was attacked with a hammer and robbed by a group of men as he opened a St Paul's Cray newsagents.
Kirti Vadgama, 63, who runs the St Paul's Cray Newsagent in Cray Parade, was opening the store last Friday (August 16) at around 5.50am.
As he did he was approached by two masked men, while another waited in a nearby car.
Son Rach Vadgama, 24, said: "My father was unloading newspapers from outside the shop when two men with balaclavas approached him.
"They hit him on the head with a hammer.
"During the attack they hit him another two times with the hammer.
"They demanded the keys for the ATM machine but obviously it had been emptied the previous day.
"A man in a car across the road saw what was happening a hooted.
"Then they drove off with the keys."
A police spokesman said: "A 63-year-old male was assaulted by three males as he opened the shop.
"It is believed that he was struck over the head by a hammer type object.
"The victim required treatment at the PRUH for minor injuries.
"The suspects fled the scene with the victims keys. No other property was taken."
Enquiries are ongoing but no arrests have been made.
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