Brave shopkeeper defies knife-wielding robbers and pushes him out of shop


DRAMATIC footage shows a defiant shopkeeper grab a knife-wielding robber and push him out in to the street.

Despite having a long-bladed weapon pointed at his throat from a few inches away, the fiesty shopkeeper shows no fear and launches a counter-attack.

He grabs the startled robber with two hands and pushes him backwards with great force out of the door.

The incident is believed to have happened at Patsons News in Batley, West Yorkshire at around 5.30pm yesterday.

The attacker pulled out the knife from his jacket

The brave shopkeeper attacked by the robber is known as Habib Patel.

Habib’s brother today said that is recovering at home.

He said: “He’s [Habib] is not able to work today. He’s terrified. He recieved a cut to the ear and was attacked with a knife last night.

“He thought he was a normal customer asking for cigarettes, but the man was caught.”

Habib then wrestled with the attacker

The video was posted on a local Facebook page last night saying: “Attempted robbery just now Patbro (Batley town) If anyone recognises him please let any of the Patbro brothers know.”

The CCTV footage showed a man wearing a hat and a large puffer jacket approach the shop counter.

The assailant then unzips his jacket and pulls out a large weapon thrusting it towards the shopkeeper.

Habib was able to overpower the attacker pushing him back

A struggle then starts between the attacker and the shopkeeper as they both wrestle in the middle of the store whilst the attacker tries to jab the shopkeeper.

However, the shopkeeper was able to gain the upper hand and pushes the attacker back towards the entrance of the shop.

He slams the attacker into the shop door and then throws him out of the store with the attacker seemingly running away from the scene.

The video has shocked many locals, but have commended the shopkeeper for his bravery.

The attacker soon fled from the shop after Habib suffered a cut to his ear

Darren Gregson said: “ Shopkeeper soon sorted him out.”

Claire Fox added: “Good on him he was very brave. Now I know why the police were in Batley.”

Lindsay Hunter wrote: “Good on him I know the brothers well I’ve been going in that shop years. Its awful, hope he’s ok.”

Sabeela Shahzad said: “Too close to that knife. Glad he’s not hurt.”

The suspect has since been arrested

Katryna Baszynski added: “[It] was [the] paper shop on Branch Road, not Bradford Road, I live above the shop.”

A spokeswoman for West Yorkshire Police said: “Detectives have arrested a man following a robbery in Batley yesterday afternoon.

“The incident happened on Wednesday 13 March at around 17:30 at Patbro’s newsagents on Branch Road.

“A male entered the shop asking for cigarettes; while being served the suspect approached the shop keeper from behind and threatened him.

Many people felt the shopkeeper was brave for what he did

“The suspect demanded money and cigarette but was refused and there was an altercation and the male victim suffered a minor injury to his ear.

“The suspect, in his 30s, then fled the scene but was quickly arrested by police officers.

“Anyone who was in the area at the time and has any information is asked to contact Kirklees CID via 101 quoting crime reference number 13190132966 or information can be passed to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

This comes after a shopkeeper was attacked by armed robbers in Batley earlier this year.

The shopkeeper as left with cuts and bruises after he had his mobile phone stolen by two men at the Hanging Heaton food store in January.

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