GMP Saddleworth And Lees have issued an appeal for information after a personal robbery outside Diggle Chip Shop.
Owner Rachel Wood was attacked after shutting up the shop, which she has run with husband Stephen for ten years, and the robbers took the business’s takings as well as £200 charity money for Oldham Mountain Rescue Team.
GMP Saddleworth and Lees said: “A personal robbery incident took place on Huddersfield Road at Diggle at its junction with Ward Lane at 7:40 pm on the evening of Thursday 1st February 2018.
“Here the female proprietor of a local chip shop had left for the night carrying a black rucksack as pictured.
“As she crossed the bottom of Ward Lane opposite her premises she was grabbed from behind by a male who was described as wearing a dark coloured hoodie which had the hood up and he was wearing a dark face covering.
“A short struggle ensued with the offending male attempting to prise the rucksack from the grip of the lady who valiantly fought back being punched to the face in the process, falling to the floor.
“Still hanging onto the bag the lady was dragged along the ground sustaining injuries to her hands.
“Eventually, she had to let the bag go and the offender and an a male accomplice wearing a light grey /silver hoodie ran off up Spurn Lane and away from view.
“This was a particularly nasty unprovoked attack on a member of our local community and we ask that if you have any information regarding this incident then please get in touch with us on 101 quoting Police log 1812 01/02/18
“Officers have been conducting enquiries at the scene and there are a number of leads that we are following encompassing both eyewitness and CCTV evidence but our local community can assist greatly.
“Did you see anything around this time? Information suggests that these offenders had been in the area on previous evenings, did you see them?
“Any information should be passed to Police on 101 quoting log number 1812.”