THE story of a brave shopkeeper who fought off robbers with just a mop has spread across the world – but despite the media attention modest Dinesh Gorania is just keen to get back to normality.
Images of Dinesh and his son Kishan have been broadcast as far away as India and America after news of their amazing act of bravery broke.
When faced with three masked men attempting to rob his shop in Church Hall Road, Rushden, last week the 52-year-old fought the gang off with a mop.
Dinesh, who has run the store for 20 years, was aided by 21-year-old Kishan, who was armed only with a hockey stick.
After the story was featured in the Evening Telegraph earlier this week he has been inundated with calls from national newspapers, magazines and television news broadcasters all keen to cover the story.
He said: “We have had a lot of interest – my phone has been ringing non-stop.
“I’ve had calls from magazines, newspapers and television, including Channel Five and Sky News.
“It’s been on every channel and in all the papers. It’s even gone to America, Germany and India.
“But I am a normal man and I will just be pleased to get back to normal.”
He added: “I am very pleased with the way the police investigation has been going and I hope that they catch them soon.”
The investigation was launched after the attempted robbery took place just before 10pm on Friday, January 20.
Dinesh was getting ready to shut the shop and was mopping up just inside the doorway when the three masked men pulled up in a car.
Kishan was bringing in signs from outside the store when one of the men got out. The masked man went into the store but Dinesh hit him with the mop, forcing him backwards.
The man tried twice more to get back into the shop but Dinesh used the mop to repeatedly hit him, while Kishan grabbed a hockey stick to help keep the man away.
Two other masked men got out of the car to join the first man, with one throwing a metal bar at Dinesh which he managed to block with his forearm.
After being unable to force their way into the store the men got back into their car, pulled around the corner into Rose Avenue and the first man got out of the car and smashed the windows of Dinesh’s van and Kishan’s car.
A Northamptonshire Police spokesman said: “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 is asked to call police on 101. Information can also be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.