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Raiders seen off by Blackburn shop owner

Lancashire Telegraph: The Bromley Street shop The Bromley Street shop

AN ELDERLY shopkeeper who saw off a trio of would-be robbers who targeted his corner shop said: “I wasn’t scared.”

Three balaclava-clad men entered Ishaq Grocers and Off-Licence in Bromley Street, Blackburn, and attempted to steal the till and cigarettes. But they made off with nothing after being confronted by the owner, Mohammed Ishaq, and his son, Zegham.

The incident happened at 12.45pm on Sunday when 73-year-old Mr Ishaq was cleaning the shop floor, while his son was out the back.

He said: “I was mopping up when they came in.

“They tried to take the till, and one jumped over the counter and tried to take cigarettes. He got a couple of packets but dropped them on the floor.

“I called my son and he shouted ‘hey, what are you doing here?’ and they left. They didn’t get anything.

“We’ve got cameras and we’re guarded 24 hours a day. I wasn’t scared. I’ve been here 33 years, and I’ve never had anything like this before.”

Another shop was targeted earlier the same day, in an incident police said may be linked. A man wearing a balaclava entered the nearby One Stop Shop in New Bank Road, at around 9.50am, and left with three cases of Carlsberg lager.

Manager Zam Khan, 31, said: “He bent down and just walked out with it.”

Shopkeepers in East Lancashire have been fighting back against robbers but police have warned that standing up to criminals could prove dangerous.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the Ishaq Grocers incident and anyone with information can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

l Two men have been arrested and were being questioned yesterday in connection with the incident at Ishaq Grocers.

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11:34am Tue 25 Feb 14

TONY WALES says...

Well done.
It's the state of the country now, people don't get the protection from the police that they deserve.
It's little wonder that shopkeepers take this type of action.
They will not be any punishment from the courts, only told not to do it again, and go out of court laughing.
Well done. It's the state of the country now, people don't get the protection from the police that they deserve. It's little wonder that shopkeepers take this type of action. They will not be any punishment from the courts, only told not to do it again, and go out of court laughing. TONY WALES
  • Score: 18

12:46pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

Plus side
Well done to the family for protecting there property, very brave and no one got hurt.

Negative side

From the lawyer, the culprit has had an awful upbringing, he has a drink problem, he is full of remorse (till next time).

Magistrate
20 hours community service, you can claim your bus expenses for turning up, (if you turn up).

Joe Public
Who says crime doesn't pay!!!
Plus side Well done to the family for protecting there property, very brave and no one got hurt. Negative side From the lawyer, the culprit has had an awful upbringing, he has a drink problem, he is full of remorse (till next time). Magistrate 20 hours community service, you can claim your bus expenses for turning up, (if you turn up). Joe Public Who says crime doesn't pay!!! Lancs - pensioner
  • Score: 15

2:54pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Just an observer says...

TONY WALES wrote:
Well done.
It's the state of the country now, people don't get the protection from the police that they deserve.
It's little wonder that shopkeepers take this type of action.
They will not be any punishment from the courts, only told not to do it again, and go out of court laughing.
What police???
[quote][p][bold]TONY WALES[/bold] wrote: Well done. It's the state of the country now, people don't get the protection from the police that they deserve. It's little wonder that shopkeepers take this type of action. They will not be any punishment from the courts, only told not to do it again, and go out of court laughing.[/p][/quote]What police??? Just an observer
  • Score: 6

3:41pm Tue 25 Feb 14

woolywords says...

Can I suggest that the Courts sentence any robbers that are caught, to a period of time attending an Health and Safety Awareness course, as it is apparent that there are a lot of risk involved in attacking some of these elderly shop owners and I would hate to hear of anyone getting hurt.
Can I suggest that the Courts sentence any robbers that are caught, to a period of time attending an Health and Safety Awareness course, as it is apparent that there are a lot of risk involved in attacking some of these elderly shop owners and I would hate to hear of anyone getting hurt. woolywords
  • Score: 1

4:26pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

woolywords wrote:
Can I suggest that the Courts sentence any robbers that are caught, to a period of time attending an Health and Safety Awareness course, as it is apparent that there are a lot of risk involved in attacking some of these elderly shop owners and I would hate to hear of anyone getting hurt.
Lol, PC gone mad eh WW.
[quote][p][bold]woolywords[/bold] wrote: Can I suggest that the Courts sentence any robbers that are caught, to a period of time attending an Health and Safety Awareness course, as it is apparent that there are a lot of risk involved in attacking some of these elderly shop owners and I would hate to hear of anyone getting hurt.[/p][/quote]Lol, PC gone mad eh WW. Lancs - pensioner
  • Score: -5

5:56pm Wed 26 Feb 14

woolywords says...

Lancs - pensioner wrote:
woolywords wrote:
Can I suggest that the Courts sentence any robbers that are caught, to a period of time attending an Health and Safety Awareness course, as it is apparent that there are a lot of risk involved in attacking some of these elderly shop owners and I would hate to hear of anyone getting hurt.
Lol, PC gone mad eh WW.
I should cocoa..
The last time I saw a PC, was on a BBC documentary show about endangered species, with David Attenborough, relating the terrible perils that they face with tripping or slipping, while attending a fish slapping incident.
It's every man for himself now, Carruthers!
[quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]woolywords[/bold] wrote: Can I suggest that the Courts sentence any robbers that are caught, to a period of time attending an Health and Safety Awareness course, as it is apparent that there are a lot of risk involved in attacking some of these elderly shop owners and I would hate to hear of anyone getting hurt.[/p][/quote]Lol, PC gone mad eh WW.[/p][/quote]I should cocoa.. The last time I saw a PC, was on a BBC documentary show about endangered species, with David Attenborough, relating the terrible perils that they face with tripping or slipping, while attending a fish slapping incident. It's every man for himself now, Carruthers! woolywords
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