Sri Lankan in UK attacked by armed robbers

Sri Lankan in UK attacked by armed robbers

Sri Lankan in UK attacked by armed robbers

Written by Kumudu Jayawardana

24 Feb, 2014 | 4:58 pm

A Sri Lankan in Oxford, England is in hospital after being attacked by armed robbers last night, Oxford mail reported.

Two masked men wielding a knife and a hammer threatened Vijaya Bandara Karunaratne, known locally as Karu.

Police said the shopkeeper, who is also a Littlemore Parish councillor, suffered arm and knee injuries during the robbery which ended with the thieves fleeing on bikes along Cowley Road at around 12.30pm carrying the cash register with them.

Abdul Ghaffar, 49, who owns the nearby Littlemore Minimarket in Cowley Road, said as soon as he heard he went to the shop and saw his friend Karu sitting on the steps outside with blood coming from his arm.

He said: “People were trying to stop the bleeding. He’s a very noble man and has worked there a long time but nothing like this has happened before.”

Gill Sanders, Oxford City Council member for Littlemore, said: “I know Karu, he would have fought off whoever it was to make sure they didn’t take anything they shouldn’t have.”

She said the father-of-two from Sri Lanka had worked behind the counter of the shop for about 10 years. “He really is a nice, family man, and a gentle person.

“What happened to him is really sad and unfortunate.”

Police cordoned off the scene yesterday and last night appealed for information to help catch the robbers responsible.

Police said the shopkeeper was hurt during the robbery but refused to say what had happened. They the shopkeeper he was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital by ambulance and his injury was not thought to be serious or life-threatening.

A police helicopter was used in an attempt to track the suspects after the robbery.

Police described one robber as white, of a medium build, and shorter than 5ft 9in. He was wearing a dark brown hooded top.

The other was white, slim, and taller than 5ft 9in.

Investigating officer Det Sgt Mike West last night said: “The investigation is in the early stages and rapidly progressing. At this time it is focussed on locating the offenders.

“The incident happened during the daytime in a busy location and we have had several witnesses come forward already. I would encourage anyone with information that can assist our investigation to come forward.”

SOURCE: Oxford Mail

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