Hero shop worker "taken aback" by praise for tackling armed robbers
A HEROIC shop worker who fought off armed robbers with his shoe has been “taken aback” by the publicity his actions have received, according to his boss.
Asif Patel fought off the two masked men during an incident at the Mercury service station in Manchester Road in Westhoughton on Sunday morning.
The 24-year-old did not wish to speak but the operations manager of Mercury, who did not want to be named, said: “He is a very loyal worker and I along with some other staff members have been to see him.
“He is absolutely fine but said he has really been taken aback by all the interest taken in him — he has even had to switch his phone off because of all the calls.
“Now he just wants to get back to work and hopes to do so in a few weeks.”
The incident happened in the early hours of Sunday morning when the two would-be raiders ran into the shop and approached Mr Patel.
One of them then brandished a knife, which he jabbed into the assistant’s arm.
But Mr Patel bravely took off his own shoe and used it along with a glass jar to force the robbers to flee the scene.
The brave shop worker was taken to hospital and had to have 12 stitches to two puncture wounds to his arm, but was later discharged.
Mercury’s operations director added: “He is a really down to earth man, who works hard and in the situation he did what he felt he had to do.”
Anyone with any information on the incident should call the police on 111 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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