A courageous shopkeeper in Southall fended off knife-wielding robbers - with a stool.
Two men attempted to raid the store in Regina Road, Southall, on Monday (September 12) morning, said police.
But the owner defended himself with the stool, which he thrust towards them, forcing them to flee empty-handed.
Police said they were called to the store at around 8.10am on Monday, following reports of an attempted robbery.
People living in the area reported hearing a police helicopter hovering overhead that morning, which it is understood was searching for the robbers, who remained at large on Monday afternoon.
A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said: "Police were called at approximately 8.10am on Monday, September 12 to reports of an attempted robbery at a shop on Regina Road, Southall.
"Officers from Ealing attended and established that two males entered the address and attempted to rob the shop at knife-point.
"The shop owner defended himself with a stool, pushing it towards the two males and they fled the scene without any money."
The shopkeeper has since told getwestlondon he thought the would-be robbers were 'playing a joke' until one tried to put a knife to his throat.
Police said no one had been arrested and enquiries were ongoing.
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