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Two teenagers arrested following racially aggravated robbery and assault at shop in Birkenhead, Wirral

News   •   Dec 24, 2018 14:25 GMT

We have arrested two teenagers following a racially aggravated robbery and assault at a Birkenhead shop on Saturday, 22 December.

At around 7.30pm, officers and the ambulance service were called to Premier Convenience Store in Freeman Street to reports of three people entering the premises. A member of staff was assaulted and received facial injuries. Items were stolen from the shop and the victim was also reportedly racially abused.

Following enquiries, a 16-year-old boy from Oxton and a 17-year-boy from Moreton were arrested on suspicion of robbery and have been taken to police stations for questioning.

Enquiries are ongoing to establish the whereabouts of anyone else suspected of being involved in the incident.

Detective Inspector Paul Parry said: "This was a disgusting incident in which a member of staff was assaulted, robbed and subjected to abhorrent racial abuse when simply going about his daily business.

"We will not tolerate such appalling behaviour and I would ask that anyone with information or who witnessed this incident comes forward as we continue to investigate.

"Merseyside Police takes all reports of hate crime and robberies targeting businesses extremely seriously and I want to reassure local businesses that we are determined to find all of those responsible and ensure that Wirral remains a safe place to live, work and visit."

Anyone with information is asked to contact @MerPolCC, call 101 with reference 18400074056 or you can call @CrimestoppersUK anonymously on 0800 555 111.