Mechanic jumps to the rescue of shopkeeper held up at gunpoint in Forest Gate
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A 67-year-old mechanic helped fight off two youths who held up a Forest Gate store at gunpoint on Wednesday.
The suspects entered East London Wine in Shrewsbury Road just before 5pm, with one brandishing a large blade and the other trying to get behind the till last Wednesday.They fled, before returning half an hour later with a handgun and baseball bat.
The two men, dressed in hoods with covered faces, began violently assaulting the shopkeeper with the weapons and glass bottles before a mechanic in the store grabbed a spanner from his toolbox to defend the 60-year-old.
No shots were fired and the men fled empty-handed.
The shopkeeper and mechanic were taken to an East London hospital for facial injuries and have been discharged.
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There have been no arrests.
Anyone with any information can contact the Flying Squad East Office on 0208 345 1400 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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