A female shopworker in Wetherby was punched several times in the face during the course of a robbery this morning.
The 53-year-old woman, who works at Dresses and Cupcakes Boutique on West Gate, suffered a broken and blooded nose when a male suspect walked into the shop just after 10.15am and pulled her necklace off.
Det Sgt Andy Cass from Leeds CID said: “The man then tried to unsuccessfully steal the woman’s rings. He then punched her a number of times in the face and ran off, dropping the necklace in the process.
“As he ran in the direction of Crossley Street he was chased by a number of members of the public but managed to get into a small blue car and drive away.
“This was a nasty and violent assault that is thankfully unusual for what is a friendly town. There were a number of members of the public who tried to intervene so we are appealing for them to get in touch.
“We also want anyone who may have seen this incident or who has any information that could help us catch this man to contact police.”
The victim, who has not been named, was treated by ambulance staff at the scene when police cordoned off the shop and an ambulance was called.
The man is described as about 6ft tall and was wearing blue jeans, beige or brown canvas trainers, and a black coat with a grey hood tied tightly around his face.
He is also thought to have been wearing gloves.
Anyone with information is asked to call Det Sgt Cass on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.