Hereford & Worcester

Cash stolen in pepper spray ambush in Bromsgrove

A man was attacked with a pepper spray and a large quantity of cash was stolen in a robbery in Bromsgrove.

It happened at 1315 GMT on Monday in The Strand.

The victim, a business owner in his 40s, had his weekend takings in a rucksack on his back, and was on his way to the bank.

Police said he was attacked by two men, one of whom sprayed a substance in his face, pushed him over and stole the rucksack.

The rucksack, which was silver and blue, contained a "substantial" quantity of cash, police said, but the amount has not been disclosed.

'Temporary blindness'

The suspects are described as white men - one was 5ft 10ins to 6ft tall, of slim build, and aged 20 to 25.

The other man was 5ft 8ins to 5ft 10ins tall, of medium build, and aged about 30.

West Mercia Police has appealed for witnesses to get in touch including anyone who saw a dark coloured Seat hatchback car in the area late that morning or early in the afternoon.

Det Insp Jon Marsden, of West Mercia Police, said: "This was potentially a very serious incident.

"The victim sustained temporary blindness, and was taken by ambulance to the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch for treatment.

"He was left with reddening to his eyes, but luckily no permanent damage."

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