Beaten and bruised
A local shop owner in Leeds is offering a £1,000 reward to any person that can help with the arrest of two men who savagely attacked him in his convenience store.
Bhavesh Patel, owner of Beeston Wine Stores, on Beeston Road, Leeds, believes he was targeted by the men who had initially entered the store asking to purchase alcohol.
On Monday 3rd February, just after midday, two men began the assault on the shopkeeper whilst a third acted as lookout at the door.
Mr Patel attempted to escape but was pulled back into the shop before the three men fled the scene, heading towards the Noster’s Area, leaving the father-of-two severely injured on the floor.
Mr Patel, who has been running the store for nine years with his wife, Padmini, was alone at the time and believes he was the victim of a pre-meditated attack.
Mrs Patel, 45, said the couple had put up the reward in hope of somebody stepping forward to bring justice to the attackers.
“Somebody has to know who these men are, their pictures are there for everyone to see,” she said.
“The money could be the best thing to tempt somebody to come forward and tell the police some information which would lead to the arrest of these men.
“My husband was beaten, not in a robbery, but just because they wanted to hurt him. We need to find the persons responsible and need help to do so.”
Police have so far arrested two men, in relation to the investigation, who have since been released on bail pending further enquiries.
If you have any information about the incident please call Detective Constable Phil Maher at Holbeck Police Station via 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.