Bradford shopkeeper repeatedly stabbed in botched robbery

Police are appealing for information to trace a man who stabbed a Bradford shopkeeper.
Police are appealing for information to trace a man who stabbed a Bradford shopkeeper.

A shopkeeper was repeatedly stabbed in the head during a violent attempted robbery at a Bradford shop.

The 48-year-old male victim was behind the till at Fagley News in Fagley Road at about 8pm on Wednesday when a man entered the shop and kicked open the security door to the counter.

He attacked the shopkeeper, repeatedly punching the victim in the face and then pulled out a pocket knife and stabbed the victim in the head a number of times.

The shopkeeper tried to defend himself with a baseball bat and the suspect failed to get into the till before he ran out of the shop and fled along Fagley Terrace.

The victim was taken to hospital for treatment to a number of cuts to his head.

Detective Inspector Paula Bickerdike, of Bradford District CID, said: “This was a particularly nasty and violent attack which left the victim with a number of injuries to his head and face and very badly traumatised.

“It could very easily have resulted in more serious injuries to the victim and we urgently need to identify the person responsible.

“We would like to hear from anyone who saw the suspect running off or who thinks they recognise the description, particularly the coat, and may know who was involved.”

The suspect is described as aged 20-25, 5ft 11ins and slim. He wore a black hooded padded coat made of shiny material that was possibly the Berghaus make. It had a red or orange pull-cord on the back of the hood along with a logo.

He also wore black jogging bottoms with a white emblem at the top of the left leg, and black footwear. His face was covered up to the nose with what appeared to be a scarf.

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC 4685 Clare Moran at Bradford’s Trafalgar House police station via 101 quoting crime number 13160116049.