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[22 JUN 00] CRIMES, FIRES & ACCIDENTS
Earlsdon Off-licence Stands Firm Against Raiders 

The owner of a Coventry off-licence refused to be intimidated by thugs who tried to hold up his shop when they raided it last night.

The attackers went into Wints Wines in Mayfield Road, Earlsdon at 10.25pm and asked about buying cigarettes, but left without making a purchase.

Ten minutes later the attackers returned wielding a metal bar and demanded goods.

But the 52-year-old owner refused to give way, and the raiders made way empty-handed. He was left uninjured, but shaken by his ordeal.

Police were today appealing for anyone who saw the pair to come forward.

They are both white and aged about 18, and around 5ft 6in.

One had a black-hooded fleece jacket, with the hood pulled up. His accomplice is slim and was wearing a dark woollen hat, jeans and a light-coloured jacket.

Witnesses should ring police on 024 7653 9040.
  

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CWN / Crimes, Fires & Accidents / 21 Jun 00

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