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Norwich shopkeeper vows to bounce back from axe attack in Magdalen Street

06:35 01 September 2012

Darren Rider was working inside Secondhand Land in Magdalen Street when it was attacked. Photograph Simon Parker.

Darren Rider was working inside Secondhand Land in Magdalen Street when it was attacked. Photograph Simon Parker.

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A shopkeeper yesterday vowed to bounce back from an axe attack on his city business.

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Secondhand Land on Magdalen Street was damaged on Thursday afternoon when a man wielding an axe hit cabinets inside the shop and smashed the windows.

But owner James Wade, 66, whose leg was injured while he tried to stop the axe with a guitar, said they were now open for business again.

He said: “It is a bit of a psychological blow but you have to move on.

“You just get on with it. We are fine. We are up and running and we will deal with it.”

Customers and the police visited the shop yesterday to check Mr Wade had recovered.

The shopkeeper was injured on the thigh when he picked up a guitar to try to stop the axe hitting one of his display cabinets.

The glass was swept up on Thursday evening and wooden boards were put up over the damaged windows.

Mr Wade said he hoped to have the windows replaced by Tuesday next week.

• A man appeared at Norwich Magistrates’ Court yesterday charged with affray and possession of an axe.

Michael Kelly, of Knowsley Road, in north Norwich, did not enter a plea to the charges. The 52-year-old’s case was adjourned to October 4 when it will be sent to Norwich Crown Court. Bail was not granted.

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