Detectives investigate robbery and arson at shop

 19/11/2018

DETECTIVES investigating a robbery and fire at a convenience store are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Two men were taken to hospital after the incident at the premises in Attwood Terrace, in Tudhoe on Sunday evening.


Police were called just after 7.10pm to the incident at Tudhoe Mini Market to reports that two men had been injured during a robbery.


Two men were reported to have entered the shop armed with weapons and carried out an attack on two men who were working in the shop, inflicting head injuries on both victims.


They then stole cash from the till and set fire to the premises, pulling down the security roller shutters as they fled and leaving their victims inside the burning building.


The shopworkers, a man in his 40s and a 17-year-old male, both managed to escape through a rear exit and were taken to hospital for treatment. Both have since been released.


A third man who was in the flat above the premises was treated for the effects of smoke inhalation.


The shop has suffered extensive fire damage during the blaze.


Police are now appealing for any witnesses to the incident to come forward with information.


Detective inspector Neil Jones said: “This appears to have been a horrendous attack and we would appeal for help from anyone who has information which could help find those responsible.


“In particular, we would like to hear from anyone who has any CCTV or dashcam footage from the area at the time.


“The shop is on a busy road and we would like to hear from anyone who saw anyone or anything suspicious in the area in the 24 hours leading up to the incident.


“We would also like to hear from anyone who was waiting at the bus stop on Attwood Terrace at the time of the incident to make contact with us”.


Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact DI Jones at Durham Constabulary on 101.