TWO armed raiders fled a petrol station empty-handed after they were tackled by a brave shop owner.
The knife-wielding, hooded robbers burst into Nedderton Service Station near Bedlington, Northumberland, just after 8.30am as owner Khizer Kahn was working alone behind the counter.
They demanded the 39-year-old hand over cash from the till. He tried to calm down the robbers but, when one took a swing at him with a knife, he grabbed a wine bottle from the shelf behind him and took on the pair.
The two intruders then ran out of the shop, at which point Mr Kahn called the police.
Shortly afterwards, two men were arrested by police as they tried to hitch a lift from motorists at another petrol station a mile and a half away in Stannington.
Mr Kahn’s brother Javed, who also works at the petrol station and store, arrived after the incident.
He told The Journal: “They pointed the knives towards him and he told them to cool down. He moved a few steps to get out from behind the counter and one of them came towards him.
“My brother tried to grab the hand the robber had the knife in, but he swung it at him and tried to attack him. Khizer stepped back and then picked up a wine bottle and confronted him. He said something like ‘Come on then’ to them and then they just left.
“He has seen this type of robbery two or three times before when he had a post office in Birmingham, so he isn’t scared of these things. He handled it very well.
“These thieves and robbers are brave when they have knives and things, but if they are confronted they are very cowardly.”
Shortly after Mr Kahn dialled 999, two men arrived on the forecourt of the nearby Jet petrol station in Station Road, Stannington.
Attendant Michael Watters said: “They were seen running along Station Road then cut across the grass and started frantically asking customers for a lift.
“Then suddenly a police van came in through the forecourt exit and skidded to a halt.
“A police officer with a dog told the two guys to lie down on the ground, which they did. About six police vehicles arrived from all directions. The two men were only on the forecourt for a couple of minutes before the police arrived.”
A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said: “At 8.43am police were called to Nedderton Service Station following a report of an attempted robbery. Two men, aged 18 and 25, have been arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery. No one was injured.”
My brother tried to grab the hand the robber had the knife in but he tried to attack him