Shop worker fights off would-be robber

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A man who fought off a would-be robber at a Heage convenience store has been hailed as a hero by his boss.

Police are treating the raid at the Fourways store on Park Road on Easter Sunday (March 31) as an attempted robbery and have issued a description of the offender.

At around 8.10pm a man walked in and punched a male member of staff in the face. The victim hit back by pushing a counter door, which flung the raider backwards into a display of wine bottles.

The would-be robber then ran off.

This week owner John Cotton paid tribute to the modest hero who prefers not to be named: “He was quite heroic.

“He’s a fairly modest kind of bloke and he did very well.

“The raider just walked up and asked if he was working on his own then threw a heavy punch to the side of his face.

“The man tried to push past him to get to the till, but he managed to fight him off. There was a brief struggle - at which point the raider ran out.

“He wasn’t a customer we recognise and he wasn’t disguised.

“There are not a lot of shops open on Sundays, and it was busier than usual because it was Easter Sunday. It’s unusual there were no other customers.

“We assume the raider waited outside until the shop was quiet.”

Police will now examine CCTV images as well as footprints made in the spilt wine.

Mr Cotton said six or seven bottles were smashed - ‘enough to cause a mess’.

Mr Cotton, who has owned the store for 18 months, is now offering a cash reward for information leading to an arrest on a strictly confidential basis.

The offender is described as a white male in his mid-20s, between 5ft 10ins and 6ft tall, and of stocky build with short black hair.

He wore a black jumper and jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Derbyshire Police on their non-emergency 101 number or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.