Murder hunt after shopkeeper killed in robbery

By Alistair Keely,Pa
Sunday 21 February 2010 12:25

Police launched a murder inquiry today after a shopkeeper died following a robbery at a convenience store.

Gurmail Singh, 63, was taken to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary following the raid at Cowcliffe Convenience Store, Cowcliffe, Huddersfield.

West Yorkshire Police said he suffered a head injury during the raid yesterday evening and died in the early hours of this morning.

A small amount of cash, cigarettes and confectionery were stolen in the robbery which happened at 8.30pm, a police spokesman said.

The robbers are described as four youths aged in their late teens wearing dark hooded tops and tracksuit bottoms.

A police spokesman said witnesses tried to block the door to stop the offenders leaving, but after a struggle they made their escape.

Detective Superintendent David Pervin, senior investigating officer said: "Mr Singh was a well known and popular local businessman who had been in this area many years.

"I appeal for anyone with information to contact us as a matter of urgency."

Police are appealing for any witnesses to ring 0845 6060606 and ask for Huddersfield police helpdesk.