Shocking moment thief launches sickening bottle attack on shop worker in front of a six-year-old boy
- Thief had gone into a booze shop in Penge, Bromley along with three children
- A shop keeper confronted the man after he tried to steal alcohol and flee
- Shop worker was repeatedly struck over the head with a bottle in horrific attack
This is the shocking moment a thief launches a sickening attack with a bottle on a shop worker in front of a six-year-old boy.
CCTV footage shows a man repeatedly striking the shop keeper with a glass bottle behind a shop counter in Kingswood Food and Wine on Penge Hight Street, Bromley, south-east London.
The thief had gone into the shop along with three children who were aged between six and 12 and had tried to steal some alcohol.
CCTV footage shows a man repeatedly striking the shop keeper with a glass bottle behind a shop counter in Penge, Bromley, south-east London
A thief (pictured left) launches a sickening attack with a bottle on a shop worker (pictured right) in front of a six-year-old boy
A shop worker had confronted the man when he tried to walk out without paying, at which point the thief bashed him over the head and face with the bottle of booze.
The shopkeeper tries to protect himself by holding the thief back who continues to strike him and shout abuse, as it is believed the children were forced to watch the horrific incident unfold.
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Police were called but the man fled with the three children and it is unknown if he was their father.
Detectives are appealing for information that could help them trace the thief in the bottle assault.
the thief can be seen mouthing abuse at the shop worker who tries to defend himself from the violent attack
DC Kelly Cretten of Bromley Police said: ‘This man launched a violent attack on an innocent man trying to protect his store and prevent a theft.
‘I’m appealing to anyone who may recognise this man, or who witnessed the attack, to come forward and speak to police.’
The shop worker was taken to hospital where he was treated for minor injuries.
Police have appealed fro any information over the horrific assault with children present
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