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Police release CCTV footage in search for vicious thugs

Rugby Editorial 15th Jun, 2015 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016

POLICE have released CCTV footage in their bid to track down vicious thugs responsible for a brutal attack on a Rugby shopkeeper.

Three men beat up the victim after getting into an argument with him at Josies off licence in Church Street last October.

The shopkeeper – who was working alone in the store at the time – suffered life changing injuries, including a fracture to his back, permanent scaring to his forehead and a fractured thumb which he can no longer use.

Lithuanian national Modestas Vaitkevicius was last week convicted and sentenced to eight years in prison for his role in the attack. The judge ordered the 25 year-old be deported on his release.

But the two other attackers remain at large.

They are believed to be of Lithuanian origin, but could be living anywhere in the UK. They are thought to have links to Essex, Hampshire and Birmingham.

DC Gareth Unett said: “The victim in this case is a shopkeeper who was purely trying to earn a living when these men attacked him with a shocking level of violence. The incident will impact on him for the rest of his life.

“We are pleased with the eight year sentence Vaitkevicius has received but are still working to identify the other men involved and urge anyone who recognises them to come forward.”

Anyone who recognises the suspects is urged to call police on 101 – quoting incident number 304 of October 28, 2014.

Alternatively, the independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously via www.crimestoppers-uk.org or by calling 0800 555111.

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