Woman beaten during robbery of Greggs bakery in Battersea Park Road
Police have launched an appeal following a robbery in a Greggs bakery where a 50-year-old woman was beaten by two men.
The robbery took place at about 5.20am this morning when the member of staff was opening up the shop in Battersea Park Road.
She locked the door behind her and walked to the back of the bakery when two men kicked in the door.
They continued to break into the store and dragged her to the safe, demanding she open it.
She tried to fight back but was kicked in the chest by one of the suspects.
One man intimated he had a gun, forcing the worker to hand over the keys to the safe.
Both suspects took some money before making off in a black car, parked opposite in Atherton Street, which was being driven by a third suspect.
It turned left into Battersea Park Road and went in the direction of Clapham Junction.
The worker was taken to St George's Hospital with bruising.
Police have described the suspects as three black men and are also keen to identify a potential witness.
The Asian man, who was in his 50s with a grey beard, saw the victim come running out of the shop immediately after the attack.
Detective Sergeant Alistair Stillgoe, of the Flying Squad, said: "This was a nasty attack on a lone woman who was just going about her everyday job.
"We would appeal for any witnesses who saw the suspects or the vehicle they used to please contact us as soon as possible.
"We are also keen to speak to a passer-by who may be a potential witness."
Anyone with information is asked to call the Flying Squad at Barnes on 020 8247 7948 Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111