Police hunt for Batley robbers armed with a machete

CCTV image of a robbery that took place at a newsagent in Bradford Road, Batley.
CCTV image of a robbery that took place at a newsagent in Bradford Road, Batley.
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Police are looking for two men who threatened a shopkeeper with a machete in a frightening Christmas Eve robbery.

On December 24 last year at about 7.30am the men made off with a large quantity of cash, cigarettes and alcohol from a newsagent in Bradford Road, Batley.

CCTV image of a robbery that took place at a newsagent in Bradford Road, Batley.

CCTV image of a robbery that took place at a newsagent in Bradford Road, Batley.

Det Con Mark Willetts, from Kiklees District CID, said: “This was a very frightening experience for the shopkeeper, who was fortunately uninjured in the robbery, but has been left understandably shaken by what took place.

“These men need to be identified and brought before the courts.

“I would ask people to take a good look at the CCTV footage and if they recognise the men to contact police.”

The first suspect was a white male, about 30 and of medium build.

He was wearing a beige or light brown coat with a half zip at front, a royal blue hooded top, which was worn underneath, as well as gloves and jeans.

The CCTV footage suggests he had a long, thin nose and short hair, which was receding at the front and balding at the crown.

The second suspect was an Asian male in his 20s or 30s, of Pakistani or Indian descent.

He had a slim build and wore a navy blue hooded top and light grey tracksuit bottoms.

He had dark short hair and a very thin, gaunt face with a long, pointy nose.

Both suspects are thought to have used a dark or navy Ford Fiesta during the robbery.

Anyone with information should contact Det Con Mark Willetts at Kirklees CID on 101 and quote the crime reference number 13140498313.

A 51-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident and has been released on police bail.