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Barmaids assaulted in raid

PUBLISHED: 16:37 19 November 2008 | UPDATED: 09:57 12 August 2010

A BARMAID is still in shock after two thieves assaulted her during a robbery. Two bar workers were clearing up at the Swan pub in West Wickham High Street at closing time last Thursday when a man and a woman allegedly tried to distract them while they g

A BARMAID is still in shock after two thieves assaulted her during a robbery.

Two bar workers were clearing up at the Swan pub in West Wickham High Street at closing time last Thursday when a man and a woman allegedly tried to distract them while they grabbed the cash tills, stealing £1,100.

They tied to stop the thieves along with a customer and a fight broke out, during which the customer was stabbed twice in the arm and the barmaid was punched hard in the face. Landlord John Donoghue, 49, said: "I was upstairs at the time but I came down when I heard the ruckus going on. The staff are still in shock. One of the barmaids was punched really hard in the face and is still on painkillers. Both of them are shaken up.

"It's never happened before. It's a lovely pub with a lovely clientele. The people who did it weren't local. We'd never seen them before. Our barmaids reacted very well, they were calm but brave. The customer was one of the barmaid's boyfriends who we know very well.

"He had come to collect her from her shift. He just acted in the best interests of the pub and his girlfriend but obviously I'm not pleased he got stabbed."

The customer was treated at the scene by paramedics for two small stab wounds to the arm and the barmaid was taken to the Princess Royal University Hospital, Farnborough to be treated for a swollen jaw.

After the fight, the woman suspect jumped into a car, leaving the man behind. One of the barmaids threw a bar stool through the back window so the police could trace it more easily.

The man ran off towards Glebe Way before turning into Rose Walk.

Police later stopped a silver Peugeot in Kentish Way, Bromley and arrested the 30-year-old woman on suspicion of drink driving and actual bodily harm.

She has been released on bail pending further inquiries and police are still searching for her male accomplice.

A 31-year-old male was arrested in the early hours of Tuesday at an address in Welling. He is in custody at Bromley police station. Anyone with information should call Bromley police on 01689 891212 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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