Detectives renew appeal to trace robbers who left Washington shopkeeper with shocking injuries

David Basrai following the attack.

David Basrai following the attack.

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Officers hunting thugs who beat a shopkeeper with a weapon have made a fresh appeal to trace the attackers as they seek justice for their victim.

Tomorrow - Friday, November 13 - marks the fourth anniversary of the incident which saw two men go into Oxclose Convenience Store in Oxclose Village Centre.The men attacked the shop owner, 52-year-old David Basrai, with a weapon causing him to suffer serious head injuries.

Oxclose Convenience Store in Oxclose Village Centre.

Oxclose Convenience Store in Oxclose Village Centre.

Mr Basrai was seriously injured but managed to make his way home and call police, he was taken to hospital where he spent a considerable amount of time recovering from his injuries.

The incident happened on Children in Need night in 2011 between 8.20pm and 9pm.

Detectives investigating the attempted robbery are hoping the appeal may jog people's memory and someone may remember crucial information to help catch those responsible.

Acting Detective Sergeant Iain Saville said: "Mr Basrai suffered serious head injuries as a result of this brutal attack - the offenders left him lying seriously injured, however, incredibly, his bravery meant he somehow managed to make his way home and get help.

David Basrai's injuries after the beating.

David Basrai's injuries after the beating.

"The ordeal did not just leave Mr Basrai injured that night, the impact the actions of these men has had on him and his family cannot be underestimated, they continue to suffer and cannot move on from this terrifying experience knowing the men responsible have not been brought to justice.

"Our enquiries into the incident will continue and we continue to ask anyone with information to come forward and speak to us about this. Perhaps they didn't think it was important, or for one reason or another withheld the information, at the time. Whatever their reason I would ask them to speak up now.

"It is important that Mr Basrai and his family see justice be done to help them come to terms with what happened and move forward."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference 1524 181111 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.