Customers praise brave shopkeeper

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Customers have praised the bravery of a shopkeeper who fought off masked robbers with a mop.

People shopping at the Premier Stores in Church Hall Road, Rushden, yesterday said they were shocked to hear how three masked men had attempted to rob the store on Friday night.

Rushden, Premier Store, Church Hall Road, attempted raid by men armed with metal bars foiled by owner with mop. 'Owner Dinesh Gorania with the mop. and son Kishan Gorania with the hockey stick'Monday 23rd  January, 2012

Rushden, Premier Store, Church Hall Road, attempted raid by men armed with metal bars foiled by owner with mop. 'Owner Dinesh Gorania with the mop. and son Kishan Gorania with the hockey stick'Monday 23rd January, 2012

They praised the actions of shopkeeper Dinesh Gorania, 52, and his son Kishan, 21, who fought off the intruders with a mop and a hockey stick.

Jonathan Hart, 29, said: “What they did was very brave. A lot of people might not have done that.”

And Kimberley Wilson, 21, said: “It’s disgusting that they tried to rob the store. I don’t think that’s ever happened before. “I think what they did was really brave.”

Diane Lamparter, 31, said: “I hadn’t heard anything about it until a neighbour told me.

“I think it was very brave of them, especially because they only had a mop.”

Police have launched an investigation into the crime, which took place just before 10pm.

A Northamptonshire Police spokesman said: “The brave actions of the victims in this case may have helped to prevent anything worse from happening.

“However, we would always advise the public to call the police if they witness a crime, rather than risking their own safety by getting involved themselves.

“Thankfully in this case, the victims were not harmed, but we would always direct people to call the police on 999 as soon as possible and not put themselves in harm’s way.”

Anyone with information about the attempted robbery can call police on 101.