Brave newsagent fights off yellow masked shop raider
PLUCKY newsagent Geoffrey Davis battled a thief who was wearing a yellow mask and chased him down the street.
The 56-year-old was stuffing the morning papers with supplements in 2000 News shop at 5.40am on Saturday when he was approached from behind by the man.
He was told "give me your money" before being struck on the head by a large branch.
A struggle took place in the shop, in Calton Road, Linden.
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Mr Davis forced the robber out of the shop before he secured the door and ran after him. But he was unable to catch the offender.
He was left with cuts and bruises but was quick to put the ordeal behind him, returning to work as usual on Monday morning.
His brother Martin, who has run the shop with him for the past 12 years, said: "It was very brave of him. It must have been quite an ordeal.
"He thought a regular customer was playing a prank at first.
"He was hit on the head and then there was a push and shove, then he was hit on the arm too.
"He forced the man out of the shop and chased after him. He has a few cuts and bruises and came back to change his shirt.
"He was back to work on Monday as per usual.
"We have been in this business for 25 years and nothing like this has happened before.
"I don't think the robbery was very well thought out – it seems to us that he may have been drunk.
"He could have been at a fancy dress party."
The thief left empty-handed but police are now investigating.
It is thought the robber fled down Ladysmith Street in the direction of Rosebery Avenue. He is described as white and aged between 17 and 20.
The mask was made of thin, yellow plastic and covered the whole face. It had a black nose and eyes with a down-turned mouth.
A spokesman for Gloucestershire Police said: "The offender left the store empty handed. He approached the shop one more time and walked away again.
"Any witnesses or anyone with information should get in touch with us."
They can contact police on 101 quoting incident number 96 of August 31.