Can you help catch the robbers who beat this shopkeeper black and blue?

David Basrai
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POLICE are today reappealing for information to track down robbers who left a dad-of-four with these horrific injuries.

At 10.35pm on Friday, November 18, 2011, two men entered the Oxclose Convenience Store in Oxclose Village Centre, Washington.

They attacked the 48-year-old shop owner, David Basrai, leaving him with a fractured skull, bleeding to the brain and a suspected broken jaw.

The family later left the village business. The dad-of-four, who is originally from the west Midlands, spent months fighting to overcome his injuries.

The thugs had dragged the dad into the shop to continue the beating before making off with cash and cigarettes. They also trashed the store.

Mr Basrai was seriously injured but managed to make his way home and call police. He was then taken to hospital where he spent several weeks recovering.

Detectives are today continuing to carry out inquiries into the incident and are appealing, two years on from the crime, for anyone with any information that could help them catch the men responsible to come forward.

Acting Detective Inspector Neil Wynd said: “This was a terrifying experience for Mr Basrai and his family to have to go through and work is still ongoing to try and find the men responsible for this brutal attack.

“It happened on Friday, November 18, the night of Children in Need 2011, and we are making a fresh appeal to the public today, the day of Children in Need 2013, in the hope that someone, somewhere, might know something and come forward and speak to us. Two years is a long time and I’d urge anyone who may have withheld information in the past to come forward now and pass it on.

“You can either ring us on the 101 number or if you ring Crimestoppers you can pass any information on without giving your name or personal details.” Contact Northumbria Police on 03456 043 043 ext 69191 quoting reference 1524 181111.