Bashed up for a tub of yoghurt

THE manager of a Park Beach supermarket has been bashed by a shoplifter on the weekend over a stolen tub of yoghurt.

On Saturday afternoon at 4.15pm, a man was seen in Ritchies IGA supermarket at Park Beach Plaza eating from a tub of yoghurt off the shelves.

The duty manager approached the offender who went to leave the store when he was confronted for payment.

The shoplifter then hit the duty manager in the face a number of times and knocked him to the ground before fleeing from the scene.

An ambulance was called and the duty manager was taken to hospital with swelling to his face.

Ritchies IGA store manager, Adrian Rigby, said the young duty manager was 'a bit sore' following the incident on Saturday afternoon.

“It's a pretty sad affair over yoghurt,” Mr Rigby said.

“He (the duty manager) wanted to come back to work today (Sunday) but we've given him a couple of days off to recoup.”

Mr Rigby said this was not the first time a member of staff has been assaulted by a suspected shoplifter.

“The same thing happened once in our liquor department, where a staff member has approached a shoplifter and has been hit for confronting them,” he said.

Coffs Harbour police are appealing for assistance in locating the assailant, who is described as 180cm tall, with dark skin and wearing a black jumper and white tracksuit pants.

If you have any information, call 6652 0299. 

MEANTIME,a man's been taken to hospital in Coffs Harbour after being assaulted in the early hours of Sunday morning.

A spokesperson for NSW Ambulance said officers attended a residence in Arthur Street at approximately 1am on Sunday following an assault.

“A male with facial injuries was transported to Coffs Harbour Base Hospital after assessment at the scene,” the spokesperson said.

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