Man 'struck cashier repeatedly over the head' with hammer at Uxbridge Iceland

A member of staff at a West London Iceland was reportedly struck repeatedly over the head with a hammer in a frenzied attack. The attacker is reported to have entered the supermarket in The Pavilions, an indoor shopping centre in Uxbridge, at around 1pm yesterday (Thursday, September 3). He was wielding the hammer, allegedly demanding money from the till.

He hit the till screens before turning to a female member of staff and attacking her. For more news and features about London directly to your inbox sign up to our newsletter here . According to a spokesperson for Iceland: “He hit the till screens extremely hard, and then struck a cashier repeatedly over the head.”

It was thanks to the quick action of the stores’ security guard that prevented more serious injury. The attacker was restrained until police arrived.

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Thankfully no one received serious injuries from the frenzied attack. The Iceland spokesperson said: “Our cashier received a check-up from ambulance crew but was not deemed to require hospital treatment.

“She was naturally very shaken by the the incident, as were the whole store team. The security guard required treatment for an injured elbow.” For more crime news from your area, use our handy widget below:

The store was closed following the incident and remained so until 4.30pm. The attacker was known to the store. The Metropolitan Police have been approached for comment and MyLondon awaits their response.

Iceland have seen a rise in attacks on their staff since lockdown began to ease. The spokesperson said: “We cannot overstate that such behaviour is completely unacceptable. “Our store colleagues have been putting themselves forward on the front line to serve customers throughout the pandemic, and deserve to be treated with respect.”

He continued: “One of the few upsides of the Covid lockdown was that it led to a reduction in shoplifting and the associated violence against retail workers. “Sadly this now seems to be reviving and, in addition, our store colleagues are regularly subject to abuse and threats of assault from customers who are unwilling to abide by the Government’s rules on social distancing and the wearing of face coverings. “We have recorded more than 600 such incidents specifically related to defiance of Covid precautions since the start of lockdown in March.”

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