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Shop assistant brutally beaten during robbery

A SHOP assistant was repeatedly beaten with a telescopic baton during an armed robbery in Omagh at the weekend.

The 17-year-old part-time worker was attacked by two assailants in the Hill Shop around 7pm on Saturday night.

Despite his attempts to fend off the robbers, the teenager was set upon, punched and beaten with the baton resulting in severe bruising and being left traumatised.

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Proprietor of the Hill Shop, Charlie Taggart said he was “appalled” at the “needless violence” which was perpetrated during the attack. However he praised the local community for their support in the wake of the incident.

Shocking footage from CCTV cameras inside the premises show the pair enter the shop shortly after 7pm and immediately threaten the assistant as they demanded money from the till.

As one of the robbers attempts to strike the teenager with a baton, the other goes behind the counter and repeatedly punches the victim. In a desperate attempt to fend them off, the shop assistant receives further blows to the head and body before one of the robbers attempts to grab the till from the counter. Both robbers wore dark hooded tops.

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