A THUG, armed with a nail encrusted club, fled empty handed after attempting to steal cash from a newsagents, just days after an armed robbery took place in a nearby store.
Kiruba Karan, who runs the Ash News store, in Uxbridge, had already bravely stood up to the yob, ordering him to leave the shop, when he went in carrying the weapon at about 6.30am yesterday.
But the crook, with a hoody pulled over his head, returned 10 minutes later with the club raised above his head and charged at Mr Karan.
Mr Karan, 47, fled to the rear of the shop to raise the alarm while the robber unsuccessfully tried to smash his way into the till.
Mr Karan told the Mail: “I had already told him not to come into my shop but then he came in again.
“I was very afraid so I ran to the back of my shop and shouted to my wife and son who were sleeping. I didn’t want any violence.
“Obviously I was scared because the stick was so big – it looked like it was from a table leg.
“If I hadn’t have gone in the back he would have hit me.”
It is the third robbery to take place in Uxbridge Street since March 28 after the Yalda Shop was robbed twice in two weeks.
The first robbery took place on Thursday, March 28, before being held up at knife-point on Thursday, April 11.
It is also the second time thugs have targeted Mr Karan’s shop after the newsagent was held-up at knife-point in January 2012.
Mr Karan, who runs the shop with his wife, Vijeya, 45, said he now worries for his family’s safety.
Sergeant Penny Doyle-Johnson, based at Burton Police Station, said: “There is nothing to suggest these robberies are linked. The public do not need to be afraid.”
A 50-year-old man from Burton has been arrested in connection to the Ash News robbery.
Police have also arrested a man in connection with the April 11 robbery at the Yalda Shop.