A SHOPKEEPER sent two knife-wielding robbers fleeing empty-handed – by bashing them with a newspaper stand before throwing a bottle of booze at them.
Dramatic CCTV footage shows the two masked raiders bursting into the newsagents at around 10.30pm on Thursday night.
The thugs can both be seen brandishing large blades as they threaten Nuthukumaram Tharmaratnam, 54, behind the till at Northants News, in Northampton.
But they got more than they bargained for when the brave shopkeeper started fending them off with the newsstand as they hacked at him with their knives.
The pair then make a dash for it, just as the worker picks up a bottle of Jack Daniels and throws it at them as they make their escape.
Northamptonshire Police released the shocking footage yesterday in a bid to catch the culprits.
They believe the offence is linked to a robbery at the same shop on Tuesday.
Fearless Nuthukumaram said: “I think it was the same people who came in a couple of days before and I thought ‘I’m not letting you get away with it again’.
“When I saw this big machete I just acted on instinct and tried to keep them away from me.
“I just grabbed anything that was near to me, which was the newspaper stand – it did a very good job of keeping the distance
“Then as they ran away I grabbed a bottle of wine and then threw Jack Daniels at them and they soon scarpered down the street.
“I’ve worked hard for a living for many years and I wasn’t going to let them get away with anything. I just hope they are caught now.
“I was shaken but unhurt. You don’t have time to think in those situations, you either freeze or take action.”
A force spokesperson said: “One of the offenders is described as aged 16-18, wearing dark clothing, with a backpack on his back.
“The other man is described as white, aged 16-18, wearing a dark hooded top, tracksuit bottoms and trainers. Both men were wearing scarves across their faces.
“Officers believe this incident may be linked to a robbery at the same premises on Tuesday, October 24, when two men stole money and cigarettes, one of them carrying a machete.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Northamptonshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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