A PAIR of teenage thugs beat up a shopkeeper after raiding his till - all for just £10.
The robbers first tried to get Volta Van, owner of Vivian Patisserie in Goldhawk Road, Shepherd's Bush, to open his till by asking for change. When he refused they forced their way over the counter and opened the till themselves at about 9pm on Wednesday (21).
Mr Van, who has run the shop since 1988, said: “These two guys came in asking for change for a £20 note. I kept saying no. It was late at night and people have fake money.
“But they saw which button opened the till and reached over the counter and did it themselves. They took the paper (cash) on top of the till draw but that was only £10 because I empty it regularly.”
Shocked, Mr Van went after the thugs and saw one down the road standing by himself.
He said: “I thought I could hold him until the police came but it was a stupid thing to do. I’m a shopkeeper I don’t know how to fight. He punched me three times on the nose. He was a good fighter, I couldn’t hold him, I went back inside and locked the door until the police came.”
Mr Van had to be taken to Charing Cross Hospital by ambulance to have his bleeding nose treated. He wants to warn others and is appealing for anyone with information to come forward to the police.
He said: We’ve got to stop these guys from terrorising other shopkeepers in the borough.”
The robbers are both black, male and in their late teens. The attacker was is about 5ft 9ins and wore glasses, the other is about 5ft 11ins.
Anyone with information should call Hammersmith and Fulham Police on 101.