Hotel raid CCTV stills released

Detectives have released CCTV images of two men suspected of carrying out a violent attack on the night manager of a Wakefield hotel.

The 56-year-old was stabbed as he tried to escape from two armed robbers at the Holiday Inn, Queen's Drive, Ossett.

He has now been released from hospital almost three months after undergoing emergency surgery for the wound.

Det Insp Mark Ridley, of West Yorkshire Police, described it as a "vicious and unprovoked attack".


Two men, one armed with a knife and the other a hammer, went into the hotel at 0030 GMT on 26 November.

The pair jumped over the reception desk and attacked the man despite his attempts to get away, Mr Ridley said.

"Thankfully, he is making a recovery and has now been released from hospital but I cannot overstate how the outcome of this incident could have been a lot worse.

"It is clear that these are very violent men and we are obviously keen to find them to protect the public from them."

The men, who are believed to be in their late teens to 20s, left the hotel without taking anything.

One was wearing a baseball cap and the other was believed to be wearing a balaclava.

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Published: 2005/01/13 15:59:42 GMT