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Shopkeeper stabbed by two robbers in Pelsall

A shopkeeper was stabbed and slashed with a knife as he tried to stop two men robbing his West Midlands store.

The 64-year-old bled heavily from his wounds and his attackers would have had traces of his blood on them, police said.

The man was attacked in Londis Stores and newsagents in Norton Road, Pelsall, on Saturday evening.

A police spokesman said the attack was "horrific" and has appealed for anyone with information to contact them.

Struggle

The man was alone in the shop when the two men, one of them armed with a knife, went in and asked for money from the till.

The shopkeeper refused and a struggle ensued. The attackers took about £70 and cigarettes before running off.

Det Insp Gary Plant, of West Midlands Police, said the shopkeeper suffered knife injuries to his head, shoulder and hand.

"Thankfully, the injuries are not life-threatening and following hospital treatment he has been able to fully assist us with our inquiries," he said.

The shop is a busy one and witnesses have already described a man outside the shop, with his face covered, just before the attack.

The men are thought to have run into Stackhouse Drive and were driven away in a dark Audi A4. It was later seen heading towards Bloxwich.

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