‘Dangerous’ robbers must be caught before they strike again says Northampton shop owner

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A shop owner whose wife was subjected to a brutal robbery on Saturday in a quiet residential area has urged “catch these dangerous people before they do it again”.

Two men entered Khinda’s Convenience Store on Colingwood Road, Abington, at around 2pm on Saturday, May 30 and demanded the shop worker hand over the contents of the till. But when she refused they subjected her to a brutal attack using a blunt weapon.

George Khinda's convenience store on Collingtree Road was robbed and his wife was injured and hospitalised as a result.

George Khinda's convenience store on Collingtree Road was robbed and his wife was injured and hospitalised as a result.

The woman, co-owner of the family-run shop, was left with a possible fractured nose and severe bruising.

This week her husband, George Khinda, who has run the shop with her for 31 years, has urged people to get in touch with police if they have any information about the incident.

He said: “These people need to be caught they are dangerous.

“If they are not caught they are only going to go and do this again somewhere else.”

As a police investigation is ongoing, Mr Khinda could reveal very little about how the incident happened.

But he described the attack itself as ‘unprecedented brutality’.

“They didn’t need to go to the lengths that they did, she is only five feet two inches.

“But they really badly beat her, it was barbaric.”

Mrs Khinda was taken to Northampton General Hospital following the incident and is unlikely to return to work for some time.

“It’s been very traumatic,” Mr Khinda said. “This is such a good area, this sort of thing doesn’t happen round here.

“I have been here for 31 years and we have had the odd sweet go missing, the odd grocery, a stroppy customer here and there. But this is like going from a one on the scale to a 10 in an instant.”

Mr Khinda said he has been ‘absolutely humbled’ by the response from the Abington community. He said:“They have been bringing in flowers and cards and cakes, it’s such a humbling experience. It’s the most flowers my wife has received in her whole life.

“We just want to say a huge thank you to the people round here for their support,” he added.