A BRAVE shop worker was coshed over the head with a firearm while fighting off a would-be armed robber and successfully foiling an attempt to steal money from the till.
One thief, who was armed with a gun, and his accomplice ran into Alric Food and Wine in Alric Avenue, Harlesden, at 2.30pm on Wednesday last week.
The two suspects covered their faces and burst in to the shop brandishing a gun and demanding the shop assistant give them money from the till.
One of the employees came out of the store room on hearing the commotion when the robbers came in and was hit over the head with the gun while trying to grapple with the intruders.
The convenience store’s manager said: “There were two staff members in the shop, and maybe two customers.
“Two men came in and threatened to take money out of the till. One of them had a gun.
“But my employee didn’t open the till and he hid behind the counter.
“The men said, ‘Take the money out’, he was scared when he saw a gun and was hiding behind the counter.
“They wanted to steal money but the other employee came out of the back and started fighting with them and they ran.
“He came out of the stock room and started to fight with him.
“He didn’t know what was going on. He was cut, he was hurt as he got hit over the head with the gun.
“The men then ran away.”
Police said that the suspects ran off empty-handed towards Brentfield Road.
Detectives from the Flying Squad are investigating the incident and are appealing for witnesses.
The shop and freehold were incidentally recently sold for £150,000 by estate agents Clarke Hillyer.
n Anyone with information is asked to call 101, alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.