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Police appealing for witnesses after assault and robbery at a service station in Rugby

Police in Rugby are appealing for witnesses after a petrol station worker was violently assaulted in the early hours of this morning.

A man described as white, with an Eastern European accent,  targeted the Gibbetts Cross Service Station on the A5 in Rugby at around 4.30am today (Wednesday, 30 August).

The man, seen to be wearing a dark flat cap, olive green 'North Face' jacket, grey tracksuit and white trainers, put a member of staff in a headlock rendering him unconscious and subsequently threw him to the ground, before stealing cigarettes, alcohol and a car belonging to the member of staff - a silver Vauxhall Astra.

Detective Inspector Paul Thompson, from Warwickshire Police said: "The garage worker was violently assaulted as he went about his business, leaving him with a head injury for which he is currently receiving hospital treatment.

"We are appealing for anyone who saw the assault or saw someone travelling southbound on the A5 in a silver Vauxhall Astra in the early hours of this morning. We know that the vehicle was involved in a single vehicle collision a short time later, close to junction 16 of the M1, with the occupant leaving the scene.

"It is possible the suspect may have been seen exiting a HGV lorry parked in a lay-by near to Gibbets Cross Service Station prior to the robbery and so we are appealing for lorry drivers who may have given a lift to anyone matching the description of the suspect, or seen them getting out of a lorry, to get in touch."

If you have any information which could help please contact Warwickshire Police please call 101 quoting reference 49 of 30 August 2017.

If you want to give information but don't want to give your name you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or use their anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org Crimestoppers are not part of the police, when you contact them you won't be identified. The only person who knows you have given information is you.

Issued: Wednesday, 30 August 2017 14:25 Helen Blake, Corporate Communications

 

Published 30/08/17