Wife’s appeal over savage attack

DAVID BASRAI: Beaten by robbers.
DAVID BASRAI: Beaten by robbers.
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THE WIFE of a Wearside shopkeeper savagely beaten in a robbery has renewed calls to catch the thugs responsible.

David Basrai, 49, of Oxclose Convenience Store, Oxclose village centre, was subjected to a horrendous assault.

Mr Basrai’s wife Karan said the attackers had “left him for dead”, after beating him with a weapon.

He had serious head injuries, including bleeding to the brain.

The robbers took cash and cigarettes before making off.

Dad-of-four Mr Basrai is now recovering at home as his condition slowly improves.

Mrs Basrai said: “It’s very, very important that these thugs are caught because they left him for dead. He is going to be scarred for life.

“I’m appealing again myself for anyone to come forward with information. Even if it is minor, let the police decide.”

Mrs Basrai also said she wanted to pay tribute to the Oxclose community for their support.

“They’ve been really helpful and I’m grateful for all the people asking after him,” said the 46-year-old.

“What’s happened has affected the whole family.”

The attackers are described as being in their late 20s or early 30s and have local accents.

They were wearing dark clothes and had scarves around their faces when they carried out the attack.

Police also said they want anyone who was in or around Oxclose shops and saw something suspicious on the night of Friday, November 18, to contact them.

They also want to hear from anyone who was in the nearby Ox and Plough pub between 6pm and midnight that day.

Neighbourhood Inspector Paul Barrett, who covers Washington, said: “We’d like to reassure people local neighbourhood officers are continuing to support detectives in finding those responsible.

“Although this was a nasty incident it was very unusual for the area and there haven’t been anything similar since this happened.”

“However, extra officers continue to be in the area to answer any concerns people have, and if anyone has any information I’d urge them to contact police.”

Those with information should contact Northumbria Police on 03456 043 043 ext 69191 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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