UPDATE: Eltham shop stabbing - burglars demand cannabis and leap over counter (From This Is Local London)
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UPDATE: Eltham shop stabbing - burglars demand cannabis and leap over counter
A STABBING at an Eltham horticultural shop saw robbers demand cannabis seeds before leaping over the counter to attack two shopkeepers, police say.
The burglary at Horticultural Supplies, in Westmount Road, on September 19 at around 1.20pm left a 28-year-old shopkeeper suffering from stab wounds to the chest and another man, in his 30s, with head injuries.
Police are appealing for information following the attack where three suspects – described as black and in their early 20s - were told the shop did not stock drugs before returning to carry out the assault.
The burglars then stole cash and ran into Earshall Road where they jumped fences and went into a number of back gardens before getting into a blue car in Elibank Road.
Staff at the parade of shops in Westmount Road say they feel unsafe after the daylight attack where the men fled through the back entrance of the shop which is shared with the next door laundromat.
Manager of Gill’s Off-license and Convenience Store, which is next to the burgled store, Hitesh Patel, said: “I don’t feel safe now. You can’t underestimate anybody.”
Victoria Mercer works next door at the Laundromat but says she could not hear anything over the din of the dryers.
Speaking after the stabbing, the mother-of-two, 32, said: “I didn’t see anything or hear anything over the noise.
“It is scary because we share the back.
“It was right next door - I have told my boss I am keeping the door locked.”
Detective Constable Toks Jegede, who is in charge of the investigation, said: “We are keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the three men running away from the shop or has any further description of the blue getaway car which was waiting for them.
“We will treat all information in the strictest confidence.”
Anyone with information should call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 11 or DC Jegede on 020 8284 9449.
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