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Men jailed for Hamilton hammer attack raid

Two men have been jailed for four years over a failed robbery during which a shop worker was hit with a hammer.

Colin Munro, 32, and 33-year-old Andrew Madden targeted the Hillhouse grocery store in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, in September last year.

Police - with the use of a sniffer dog - later traced Munro and Madden and detained them. Both men admitted assault with intent to rob.

It later emerged that Munro's late mother won £3.5m on the Lotto in 2006.

Jailing the pair at the High Court in Paisley, judge Lady Scott also ordered they be supervised for a further three years on their release.

Store scuffle

The court heard how Madden initially stormed into the store clutching a hammer with his hood up and a scarf covering his face.

He immediately went behind the till and soon began grappling with shop owner Shahid Parvez.

Munro - armed with a knife and with his face also hidden - then raced into the store.

He quickly turned on worker Mohammed Rafiq and started punching him.

Prosecutor Allan Nicol said: "Both (workers) were fighting to try to avoid being struck by the weapons the accused had."

A frightened female customer and her six month old child meantime hid for their safety in the store.

CCTV footage of the raid was shown in court.

Munro and Madden could be seen struggling with the men as shelves of groceries scattered onto the floor.

Hammer attack

By the time they went to leave, their scarves had slipped down, revealing their faces.

Munro then returned and struck Mr Rafiq on the head with the hammer leaving him cut.

Both men then fled again towards nearby woods.

The knife that Munro had been carrying was left behind in the store.

Police arrived shortly afterwards and the two shop staff were taken to hospital. Mr Rafiq required treatment for a head wound.

Officers meanwhile were tipped off that two men had been spotted racing from the woods towards a block of flats.

Police - with the use of a sniffer dog - then traced Munro and Madden to a property there and detained them.

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