A woman was punched in the face and chest during a robbery at a takeaway in which the offender escaped with a handful of plastic forks.
The incident took place at around 1.20pm on Wednesday at Tang’s Takeaway in Beechwood Road, Luton, when the offender entered the restaurant and asked the victim if he could have some free food.
When the 28-year-old victim said no, the offender became aggressive and demanded that the victim gave him a fork.
The victim refused again and at this point the offender leapt over the counter and punched the victim in the face causing her to fall to the floor.
The offender then started searching under the counter and throwing things on the floor.
The victim grabbed hold of the offenders t-shirt but he punched her again to the chest before stealing a handful of plastic forks and running out of the restaurant while making further threats.
The victim was left with swelling to her face as well as scratches to her forearms and a sore back.
The offender was a white man, in his 40s, around 5ft 10ins tall, of slender build and with dirty hands.
He was wearing a light green baseball cap, a dirty white t-shirt with brown and yellow stains, and light brown cargo trousers with patched pockets.
Detective Constable Tim Worden would like to hear from anyone who may have seen the attack.
Call Beds Police on 101 if you have information.