Shopkeeper’s terrifying robbery ordeal

A WISBECH shopkeeper described how a masked robber threatened him with a wood saw and demanded cash on Sunday afternoon.

Mike Patel, who has run the Londis store in Tinkers Drove for over 24 years, said the frightening experience was witnessed by two young children who were in the shop buying sweets at the time.

The incident happened between 3.10pm and 4pm when the robber, who had a scarf covering his face, walked into the store and produced the saw.

Mr Patel’s nephew Shatish Patel (38) tackled the man by grabbing the saw and getting a cut to his hand in the process.

The offender, who was described as white, 25 to 35, stocky, 5’7’’ and was wearing a grey hooded top, scarf and a zip-up jacket with an England logo on the back, ran off.

This is the second time in a year the shop has been targeted and Mr Patel also suffered a personal attack last summer.

He said the incident was terrifying at the time, but it would not force him to give up running the shop.

“It was scary that it happened at that time of day - because you don’t expect it. But you can’t let it stop you living your life,” said 56-year-old Mr Patel.

DC Tony Harlow, investigating, said: “This was a terrifying experience for the member of staff who showed great bravery to chase the offender out of the shop.”

Anyone with information should call DC Harlow on 0345-4564564 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800-555-111.