A shop assistant had his hand cut with a machete during an aggravated dairy robbery in Gore tonight, police say.

Three young males entered the Coutts Road dairy around 7.30pm, wearing balaclavas and dark backpacks. One was carrying a machete, police said.

Following a brief struggle with the shop attendant the trio ran down Lock Street and onto Irving Street, according to a police statement.

Police are supporting the victim, who cut his hand during the struggle.

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One of the offenders was wearing a light green hoodie and the other two were wearing dark coloured hoodies.

Anyone who lives in the Lock or Irving Street area and saw young men matching the description is asked to contact Gore Police on (03) 203 9300 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.