A shop owner has been arrested on suspicion of assault after an attempted robbery on his town centre off-licence turned into a violent ‘altercation’.
The incident at Sam’s Place, in Wellingborough Road, Northampton, on Monday night left two men needing hospital treatment, including shop keeper Samir ‘Sam’ Bhima.
Eyewitnesses told the Chronicle & Echo that a man wielding a hammer stormed into the off-licence shortly after 8pm on Monday and started smashing the shop’s tills with the weapon.
Mr Bhima was working in the shop at the time and three passers-by were outside the shop.
During the incident, Mr Bhima received an injury to his shoulder and another man was also taken to hospital.
All five men were arrested after the raid, which happened at 8pm.
A man was arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery and assault and has been released from police custody on bail.
Mr Bhima was arrested on suspicion of assault and violent disorder. He has been released on bail.
The three other men who were arrested on suspicion of assault and violent disorder were released without charge.
The owner of another nearby shop, Edita Naikauskaite, spoke of her shock at the incident.
She said: “Normally we stay open until 9pm but we have started closing at 8pm because it is a bit scary.”
Another shopkeeper, who asked not to be named, said: “The ambulance was in the middle of the road for about 45 minutes.
“The police left at about 10pm, but forensics were still there.
“The police brought a man out who was bleeding from his head.”
The shop, which was formerly known as Bargain Booze, was closed on Tuesday but reopened yesterday (Wednesday).
A Northamptonshire Police spokesman added: “We are appealing for witnesses following an incident at a store on Wellingborough Road.
“A man went into Sam’s Place with a weapon at around 8pm. An altercation followed which resulted in two men being injured.
“One of the men was taken to University Hospital, Coventry with a head injury but was later released.”
Witnesses can call Northamptonshire Police on 101 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.