Armed robbers pick the wrong shop to raid - as they come up against shopkeeper who served in Iranian special forces

A defiant Darius Adineh at his shop

A defiant Darius Adineh at his shop

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A HEROIC shopkeeper who served in the Iran-Iraq war used a chair leg to scare off armed robbers who raided his shop in Little Hulton.

When two hooded men burst into Darius Adineh’s convenience store he refused to hand over his hard-earned takings.

Instead he told the men “if you want the money you’ll have to come and get it”.

Mr Adineh, aged 44, was working alone when the two men, armed with a baseball bat, hammer and knife, came into his stop and made threats to kill him if he did not hand over the money.

He said: “One of the men came behind the till and he was very loud, using horrible language, effing and jeffing. I wasn’t going to give my takings away, not even £5. Some shop keepers will say “take the money”.

"But my wife and I work from 6am until 11pm seven days a week and we are struggling to pay the bills so why should I give them my takings from the till for them to smoke cannabis?”

Mr Adineh has run the Premier Convenience Store in Manchester Road East, Little Hulton, for three years and has never had to fight off robbers before.

He previously served in the Special Forces of the Iranian Army during the Iran-Iraq war and learned extensive military training. He is also a black belt in Kung Fu and continues to train.

The brave shopkeeper used a self-defence technique to protect himself by kicking one of the men in the leg. It caused the man to drop a hammer, which police later seized. He also kicked the man as he chased him out the store, causing the armed robber to try and grab items in the store to regain his balance.

Due to having back problems Mr Adineh was repairing a chair prior to the men bursting in so was able to deter them with a chair leg.

He said: “They didn’t know they had come across somebody trained like me. Weapons don’t scare me. I know how to disarm people. I am a trained ex-soldier.

" It was so easy for me to protect myself even if I just had a small pen because I know how to use it. I wasn’t scared, it was all over within 16 seconds. I think they got more than a shock than me.

“I hope the message will be getting around criminals not to come again. They look for an easy target and I am not one.”

He said a customer called police and they arrived within seconds.

Mr Adineh said customers are shocked about how they reacted as they always see him smiling and thought he was a “soft touch”.

The men escaped empty handed following the raid at 10.10pm on Thursday.

One of the suspects was around 5ft 7ins, slim and was wearing a light coloured hoody with the hood up. He was wearing tracksuit bottoms that were also light coloured and had his face covered, possibly with some women’s tights.

The second man was about 6ft tall, he was wearing a red hoody and had a local accent.

People with information about the crime can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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2:28pm Sat 11 Jan 14

thomas222 says...

Good Man well done!
Good Man well done! thomas222
  • Score: 50

3:24pm Sat 11 Jan 14

tillyflop53 says...

Good for him ! he obviously knows how to look after himself :)
Good for him ! he obviously knows how to look after himself :) tillyflop53
  • Score: 43

3:41pm Sat 11 Jan 14

The bluetooth. says...

Well done. Its all good to a certain extent but what if the other robber had a gun and shot him. They will have been that regret all his life that "why did i not give him what he wanted". Its a split second decision. In this case he made the right one but in another situation he/she cud not be so lucky. These smackheads are ruthless. They will do anytin to obtain money.
Well done. Its all good to a certain extent but what if the other robber had a gun and shot him. They will have been that regret all his life that "why did i not give him what he wanted". Its a split second decision. In this case he made the right one but in another situation he/she cud not be so lucky. These smackheads are ruthless. They will do anytin to obtain money. The bluetooth.
  • Score: -13

3:49pm Sat 11 Jan 14

ASIAN WHACC says...

Well done..... Fantastic brave man
Well done..... Fantastic brave man ASIAN WHACC
  • Score: 35

4:33pm Sat 11 Jan 14

wsw69 says...

Top bloke and well done to you.

Scum like these two should be shot, or at least have their hands lobbed off. Let's hope something nasty awaits to beset the scum, and sooner than later.
Top bloke and well done to you. Scum like these two should be shot, or at least have their hands lobbed off. Let's hope something nasty awaits to beset the scum, and sooner than later. wsw69
  • Score: 50

5:59pm Sat 11 Jan 14

davidjb says...

rather die defending ones self than living a life remembering how someone had your life in their hands
rather die defending ones self than living a life remembering how someone had your life in their hands davidjb
  • Score: 21

7:54pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Citizen Cane says...

This reporting can't be true, the police NEVER arrive in seconds.

Well done Mr Adineh. It's a shame that you weren't polishing an AK47 when the scum arrived.
This reporting can't be true, the police NEVER arrive in seconds. Well done Mr Adineh. It's a shame that you weren't polishing an AK47 when the scum arrived. Citizen Cane
  • Score: 23

11:45pm Sat 11 Jan 14

p.rhanna says...

Brilliant .....Well done Sir......😊😊
😊
Brilliant .....Well done Sir......😊😊 😊 p.rhanna
  • Score: 21

12:13am Sun 12 Jan 14

smiley111 says...

What a brave man Mr Adineh is he deserves a bravery award for his actions he is an inspiration and showed these birdbrain lowlifes that looking like a pervert with womens tights over ur head and thinking your all big man (not) with a hoody on ur head (cowards)doesnt scare "Real" men so grow up and get a proper job.
What a brave man Mr Adineh is he deserves a bravery award for his actions he is an inspiration and showed these birdbrain lowlifes that looking like a pervert with womens tights over ur head and thinking your all big man (not) with a hoody on ur head (cowards)doesnt scare "Real" men so grow up and get a proper job. smiley111
  • Score: 22

11:53am Sun 12 Jan 14

davroduk says...

Brilliant ..........
Absoloutly brilliant.
Well done that man, pity you didnt do them more perminant damage.
Brilliant .......... Absoloutly brilliant. Well done that man, pity you didnt do them more perminant damage. davroduk
  • Score: 11

3:12pm Sun 12 Jan 14

truth teller says...

good on you .time we all stood up to these feral rats running about terrorising people for there hard earned. too many people stand by and let these scum get away with these vile acts .
good on you .time we all stood up to these feral rats running about terrorising people for there hard earned. too many people stand by and let these scum get away with these vile acts . truth teller
  • Score: 9

6:22pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Lancashire always says...

Fantastic well done !My mum once saw a pensioner in Bolton Market having his pocket picked by a yob before she could say anything he turned round and battered the youth that was a good day too ha ha
Fantastic well done !My mum once saw a pensioner in Bolton Market having his pocket picked by a yob before she could say anything he turned round and battered the youth that was a good day too ha ha Lancashire always
  • Score: 12

11:37pm Sun 12 Jan 14

SleepingThunder says...

Dont mess with them Isreal special forces.They teach them how to catch bullets in there teeth only 1 in every 1000 pass the selection process.
Dont mess with them Isreal special forces.They teach them how to catch bullets in there teeth only 1 in every 1000 pass the selection process. SleepingThunder
  • Score: 4

1:15pm Mon 13 Jan 14

cliff4treasurer says...

Brilliant, this is the type of hard working people we need in this country, give him an award he deserves it ,well done sir.
Works 6am to 11pm! the scum who did it probably never see that much daylight.
Brilliant, this is the type of hard working people we need in this country, give him an award he deserves it ,well done sir. Works 6am to 11pm! the scum who did it probably never see that much daylight. cliff4treasurer
  • Score: 5

12:42am Tue 14 Jan 14

bernie boy says...

SleepingThunder wrote:
Dont mess with them Isreal special forces.They teach them how to catch bullets in there teeth only 1 in every 1000 pass the selection process.
Is that just an observation that you wished to impart upon us, or are you mistaking the Iranian Mr Adineh for an Israeli? I don't think he'd be too happy about that, rumour has it that those two creeds might not get along so well. He'll be after you with his chair leg if you're not careful.
[quote][p][bold]SleepingThunder[/bold] wrote: Dont mess with them Isreal special forces.They teach them how to catch bullets in there teeth only 1 in every 1000 pass the selection process.[/p][/quote]Is that just an observation that you wished to impart upon us, or are you mistaking the Iranian Mr Adineh for an Israeli? I don't think he'd be too happy about that, rumour has it that those two creeds might not get along so well. He'll be after you with his chair leg if you're not careful. bernie boy
  • Score: 3

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