A MURDER investigation has been launched after a shop worker was stabbed to death during a robbery.
The 54-year-old man was attacked as he opened Marsh Food and Wine newsagent’s in north-west London yesterday.
Police were called to Marsh Road, Pinner, at around 6am but the victim was pronounced dead about 45 minutes later.
Scotland Yard appealed for witnesses who saw a black Vauxhall Astra driven away at speed immediately after the stabbing. The victim’s family have been informed.
Det Ch Insp Simon Stancombe said: ‘This was a violent robbery that has escalated, resulting in the murder of a man.
‘It appears the till was stolen from the shop during this robbery and this may have been discarded. If you have come across this, we want to hear from you.’
A section of Marsh Road was cordoned off and a forensics tent put up outside the newsagent’s and a Costa Coffee outlet.
Business owner Peter Brook, 55, said: ‘I know the other traders I’ve spoken to are thinking “there but for the grace of God go the rest of us”.’ He said there were a few people employed by the shop who delivered the morning papers, all of whom he said are ‘kind, polite and committed to the local community’.
Pinner’s MP Nick Hurd tweeted: ‘Deeply saddened to hear of fatal stabbing. Area cordoned off; police conducting house to house enquiries and reassurance patrols.’