One member of staff was injured during a robbery at Farm Foods in Rubery last night as masked men, one of who was armed with a hammer, entered the store.

The incident, at around 9.45pm last night (Weds 22nd January), saw staff threatened, and one injured, by the three or possibly four masked offenders.

One male member of staff was injured as staff were forced to open the safe. The offenders left with a quantity of cash, leaving by a side door through which they had entered and made off on foot along a secluded alleyway which runs alongside the car park.

The store worker who was attacked, a man, was taken to hospital with a head injury which is not thought to be serious. There were no customers in the store when the robbery took place.

One of the raiders was around 5 feet 9 inches in height, chubby and appeared to be Asian. He wore a blue top, black tracksuit bottoms and a black scarf over his face.

Another was of similar height, slimmer, appeared to be in his 20s and wore black clothing with a hood and had his face covered.

A further robber was black and wore a dark blue mask across the lower half of his face.

Following the incident the store was cordoned off for forensic examination.

Detective Inspector Dean Jones of North Worcestershire CID said: “This was a nasty incident and the robbers were prepared to use violence which makes it all the more important that we trace them quickly.

“We need the public’s help and would urge anyone who was in the area at around that time last night to contact us if they saw anyone making their way to or from the store. The robbers may have had a car parked nearby so if you think you saw them getting into a vehicle or know anything at all that may be connected with this then please get in touch.”

West Mercia Police are keen to hear from anyone who was near the store at the time of the incident.

If you were there and saw anyone entering or leaving, or if you have any information about the crime, please call North Worcestershire CID on 101, crime reference number 637-S-220114. Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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