Masked raiders sprayed a member of staff with an unknown liquid, causing a facial injury, in a late night robbery at the Spar in Pinchbeck.
Four men wearing dark clothing and with their faces covered burst into the Knight Street shop at about 9.40pm on Thursday, stealing cash from the tills and cigarettes from the shelves.
This is an extremely unusual event in our area and it makes it all the more chilling and shockingSouth Holland and the Deepings MP John Hayes
The men made a clean getaway and police are appealing for witnesses who may have seen them or their vehicle.
Police are also urging all staff working in late night convenience stores to be “extra vigilant”.
South Holland and the Deepings MP John Hayes has condemned the robbery as “chilling” and “shocking”, and says he intends to visit the store to offer his support and reassurance to the people who work there.
Mr Hayes said: “This is an extremely unusual event in our area and all the more shocking for that, really.
“If you live in an urban area perhaps these things are more expected but in a rural village they are certainly not.
“It makes it all the more chilling and shocking.
“I will pop into the shop at the weekend because I think it will be the right thing to do – just to let the people know if I can give them some support and solace I will.”
Police have made a forensic examination of the store but have not released any further details about the raid, other than to confirm the facial injury sustained by a member of staff was caused by the unknown liquid being sprayed at them.
Police also describe the incident as rare for the area.
Detective Inspector Dave Rimmer, from Spalding CID, said: “This is a serious offence which will be fully investigated but thankfully attacks of this nature are uncommon in this area.
“I urge staff in late night convenience stores to be extra vigilant. If any staff have seen any activity which they regard as suspicious they should contact the police and let us know.”
• Anyone who saw the four men entering or leaving the store – or believes they may have seen them together elsewhere – should call police on 101.
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