Shopkeeper fights off knife-wielding raider… using a bottle of LUCOZADE

April 25, 2013 | by | 0 Comments

A brave shopkeeper gets fizzical with a knife-wielding raider and sends him packing – with a bottle of LUCOZADE.

Veerasingam Senthooran, 31, was confronted by the hooded thug as he worked at the Stanhope Mini Market in Ashford, Kent.

The intruder brandished a large kitchen knife and ordered Veerasingam to empty his till.

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Shopkeeper Veerasingam Senthooran with a bottle of Lucozade similar to the one he used to see off a robber

Shopkeeper Veerasingam Senthooran with a bottle of Lucozade similar to the one he used to see off a robber

The Stanhope Mini Market in Ashford, Kent, where the incident happened

The Stanhope Mini Market in Ashford, Kent, where the incident happened

But the fearless father-of-one hit back by throwing a bottle of Lucozade and a bottle of vodka at him – forcing him to flee empty-handed.

Veerasingam, who has owned the shop without trouble for seven years, said: “The man came in the shop and came at me with a knife. He asked me to open the till.

“There was a plastic Lucozade bottle on the counter so I just threw it at him.

“I grabbed other things to throw too, but he ran off. I was scared, but in the moment, I just threw the bottle.

“I chased him out the shop and I saw he had an accomplice outside waiting for him but the pair of them ran off.

CCTV image of the moment the thug walked into the shop

CCTV image of the moment the thug walked into the shop

 Veerasingam swings the bottle of Lucozade at the intruder

Veerasingam swings the bottle of Lucozade at the intruder

“My first reaction was to get him out of the shop. I never would have given him any money. I could only see his eyes but I would say he was between 20 and 26.

“There are cameras in the shop, but I would think about installing more security precautions.”

Kent Police said: “It was reported that a man entered the shop carrying a large kitchen knife and demanded the till was emptied.

“The shop assistant refused and the man left the shop empty handed.

“The man has been described as wearing a dark blue jacket with a large hood over his head, grey jogging bottoms and had a black scarf around his face.”

Kent police are appealing for witnesses to call 101.

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