Courageous student fought off robbers in Darwen

A ‘COURAGEOUS’ student was left battered and bruised after an armed robbery at a corner shop.

Shayaan Khan was punched 15 times in the face when he tried to prevent the theft of a till at his father’s shop, Edmund Street Off Licence.

Two men in their 20s and 30s entered the shop in hooded tops before threatening Shayaan with a concrete block and making off with the till.

Determined not to let them get away the Middlesex University student, who had only been minding the shop for his brother, said he ran out from behind the counter.

After a quick tussle in the street the pair started to get away but dropped the till in a nearby alley and fled the scene, Shayaan said.

The 24-year-old, originally from Karachi, Pakistan, who was visiting his family for Ed al-Adha, said that the incident had made him think twice about staying in the UK.

Shayaan, who said he was in a lot of pain from facial swellings and cuts, said: “Everything happened so quickly.

“One blocked my exit from the counter and held up a large concrete slab whilst the other grabbed me over the desk by my shirt collar and pulled me towards him.

“He dragged the till towards him with the other arm and tipped it off the counter.

“As soon as he had let me go I ran around the counter to try stop them but got punched 15 times.

“The main thought in my mind was just to prevent them getting away with it because it contained our family’s bread and butter.

“I wasn’t scared but looking back on it has made me think that I don’t want to stay in the UK after my studies have ended because there is too much crime and violence here.”

Detective inspector Ian Proctor said: “If it wasn’t for the courageous actions of this young man they have been able to get away with the money.

“We are still looking for the offenders and appeal for anyone who saw the incident to contact us on 101.

“One was described as in his 30s, 5ft 10ins and broad built whilst the other was in 5ft 9 ins and medium built.”

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7:40pm Fri 18 Oct 13

darwenTower says...

Originally from Pakistan, studying in Middlesex, comes to Darwen and gets his face punched in.

I'm ashamed of my homeland and my hometown.

Get well soon.
Originally from Pakistan, studying in Middlesex, comes to Darwen and gets his face punched in. I'm ashamed of my homeland and my hometown. Get well soon. darwenTower

9:01am Sat 19 Oct 13

happycyclist says...

Young man, Britain needs people like you far more than we need the two scumbags who tried to rob your father's shop.
Young man, Britain needs people like you far more than we need the two scumbags who tried to rob your father's shop. happycyclist

9:30am Sat 19 Oct 13

JB75 says...

Another Asian shop robbed and another shop 'worker' injured, there was recently a robbery at a shop in blackburn where the shop keeper who 'only worked there 16 hours a month' was hurt but one of his customers commented that he was always behind the counter!
I wonder if the person involved in this incident was receiving any payment for 'minding' the shop???
Full credit to them both though for standing up to the robbers, it does make you wonder though how many Asian businesses have 'shop minders'
Another Asian shop robbed and another shop 'worker' injured, there was recently a robbery at a shop in blackburn where the shop keeper who 'only worked there 16 hours a month' was hurt but one of his customers commented that he was always behind the counter! I wonder if the person involved in this incident was receiving any payment for 'minding' the shop??? Full credit to them both though for standing up to the robbers, it does make you wonder though how many Asian businesses have 'shop minders' JB75

10:40am Mon 21 Oct 13

Ian the Beancounter says...

A very brave young man, indeed. But it could all have gone horribly wrong if they'd been armed with a knife. Money can be replaced, a human life can't.
A very brave young man, indeed. But it could all have gone horribly wrong if they'd been armed with a knife. Money can be replaced, a human life can't. Ian the Beancounter

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