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CCTV shows struggle with raiders

Police have released dramatic footage of a shopkeeper and his son fighting off two masked robbers armed with a gun and a knife.

The CCTV images show the suspects, wearing balaclavas and hoods, casually enter the shop before one of the men puts a gun to the shopkeeper's head.

The shopkeeper's son races forward to tackle the gunman and the four men become involved in a violent scuffle.

The footage from inside the Gonca supermarket on Blackstock Road in Finsbury Park, north London, shows the gunman pistol-whipping the son while the knifeman tries repeatedly to stab the shopkeeper, bringing the weapon down towards his head.

The incident, which took place at 9.45pm on December 21, spilled out on to the street before the attackers fled empty handed.

The Metropolitan Police said the gunman was described as a light-skinned black man, aged about 20, with black trousers, blue gloves and black trainers.

The knifeman was also black and aged about 20, wearing a black hooded top, black and white patterned bandana, and black trousers with two white horizontal stripes and white trainers.

The men are believed to have made off down nearby Monsell Road and may have got into a dark-coloured Vauxhall Astra.

The 46-year-old shopkeeper and his 25-year-old son escaped with cuts and bruises and were treated at Homerton Hospital.

Detectives are linking the incident to another armed robbery which took place minutes earlier at 9.37pm at My Shop, in Fortress Road, Kentish Town.


From Belfast Telegraph