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Shopper foils armed raid

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 08, 2014

Granville Stores, Swadlincote Road, Woodville

Granville Stores, Swadlincote Road, Woodville

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A SHOP owner has relived the terrifying moment a robber pulled a gun on her – before being rescued by a have-a-go hero.

The gunman struck at Granville Stores, in Swadlincote Road, Woodville, on Thursday evening, threatening elderly shop owner Kulwat Rai, who was alone in the shop at the time.

Mrs Rai, who has owned the shop for 26 years, froze on the spot, before a regular customer, who walked in on the off chance, tackled the raider without hesitation.

Mrs Rai approached the man expecting him to be just another customer before he pulled a gun from a sports bag and demanded cash and cigarettes.

The customer, known only as David, forced the attacker out of the store, staying with Mrs Rai until the police arrived.

A manhunt is now under way with police eager to hear from witnesses.

Mrs Rai said: “I thought he was a regular customer asking for cigarettes. Then he took a gun out and said ‘give me everything’. He had a scarf over his face, you could just see his eyes. It was terrifying. I was on my own.”

Thankfully, her ordeal was soon over thanks to the heroic actions of the customer, who is thought to live nearby.

Her son Steven, who was at the store along with police officers scouring CCTV footage, said: “The customer did very well, he roughed him up a bit and stood his ground.”

Mrs Rai added: “He was very good, very brave.”

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