Kent

Sittingbourne shop worker attacked with pepper spray

A woman shop assistant has been sprayed in the face with a substance believed to be pepper spray in an attempted robbery in Kent.

The attacker entered the BestOne store in Burntwick Road, Lower Halstow in Sittingbourne between 11:45 GMT and midday on Sunday.

While the woman was ringing up a can of drink, he put his hand in the till and sprayed her in the shoulder and face.

The victim, in her 50s, was taken to hospital for treatment.

'Left fearful'

The raider also pushed her backwards into a display of alcohol before running out of the shop.

"This was a nasty attack on a defenceless woman in her place of work," said Det Con Stewart Catt.

"Although she was not seriously injured, she has been left traumatised and fearful to return to the shop."

The attacker is described as white, aged between 18 and 20 and about 5ft 6in tall.

He was clean-shaven and wearing paint-stained jobbing bottoms with a dark top with the hood up.

Police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

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