Dinesh Gorania, a shopkeeper from Rushden in Northamptonshire has been captured on CCTV fending off a machete-wielding attacker with a mop. Mr Gorania beat off the masked man as he tried to force his way into the family-run convenience store. Mr Dinesh was mopping up just inside the doorway of the Premier Store in Rushden, Northamptonshire, when three masked men pulled up in a car.
One of the robbers, armed with a two-foot machete, burst into the store only to be struck by Mr Dinesh's mop which forced him backwards. The man tried twice more to get back into the shop but was repeatedly hit with the mop. Two other masked robbers joined in the fracas, with one throwing a metal bar at Mr Dinesh which he blocked with his forearm.
The robbers then retreated to their getaway car but not before smashing the windows of the cars belonging to Mr Dinesh and his son, Kishan. Kishan, 21, said: "They were hitting the door, smashing the door in and Dad was hitting them back with the mop. Dad did good, he did well. He just jumped at it, quick time." Mr Dinesh said: "After my son said 'there are robbers coming', I got the mop and hit him, I wasn't giving them the chance to hit me first.
"He fell back straight away. He tried to get back in but I wouldn't let him. I wasn't scared - I just wanted to defend my shop - but I could see that he was a scary person, he was dressed like something from a horror movie." Northamptonshire Police confirmed that they are investigating the incident, which happened on Friday, January 20th, just before 10pm, and appealed for witnesses or anyone with information to contact them.