Shopkeeper wrestles gun from raider

A brave shopkeeper wrestled the gun from an armed robber raiding his supermarket. David Livingstone Daniel was working behind the counter of his store in Watton when a man casually walked into the shop.

A brave shopkeeper wrestled the gun from an armed robber raiding his supermarket.

David Livingstone Daniel, 30, was working behind the counter of his Londis store in Watton when a man casually walked into the shop.

When Mr Daniel asked if he could help the robber pointed a shotgun in his face, threw down a small bag on the counter and told him to fill it with money from the till.

“When I first saw the gun I was very scared. He was pointing it at my head and I wasn't sure if I was going to die,” he said.


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“I kept trying to talk to him. Tell him I would give him the money so he didn't have to hurt me. It was a very big shotgun.

“When he came around to the side of the counter I saw my opportunity and just took the gun from him. I'm not really sure how it happened. It just lasted two or three seconds then I'm holding the gun and chasing him off.

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“I work very hard from 7am to 11pm to earn money. I remember deciding that I didn't work hard so he could walk in and take it. “When I was trying to take the gun away from him I wasn't scared. There was no way I was going to give him the money.”

Mr Daniel immediately called the police but the gunman had already fled the scene empty handed.

And now the brave shopkeeper is suffering the after effects of his ordeal- he is afraid to be left on his own and is wary of everyone coming near the store in the High Street.

He said: “I still don't feel the same. I feel very shaken and nervous. I have to keep working so I do.

“The day after everyone from in and around Watton came in to shake my hand and well done so that made me feel much better.

“The police said I was brave but lucky. When I told them what they did I don't think they quite believed it.”

The incident happened on Wednesday December 12 but details have only just been released by police for operational reasons.

A Norfolk police spokesman said: “No shots were discharged and no-one was injured. One man was arrested at the time however he has been eliminated from our enquires.

“Anyone who witnessed the incident at about 7.20pm on December 12 or has knowledge of it should contact Dereham police station on 0845 4564567 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.”

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