Shopkeeper tackles balaclava-clad robber and 'smacks him in the gob'

Watch moment hero shopkeeper tackles balaclava-clad robber and ‘smacks him in the gob’ – as police launch hunt for thugs

  • Billy Maher, 62, thwarted an attempted robbery at his shop in Cambridgeshire   
  • Police are now hunting for a man in connection with the incident

CCTV footage has captured the shocking moment a 62 year old shopkeeper successfully thwarted an attempted robbery by smacking a failed thief ‘in the gob’.

Shopkeeper Billy Maher, 62, rushed to intervene after a balaclava-clad man tried to make off with a crate of Foster’s beer from his Nisa Local store in Cambridgeshire.

Mr Maher felt the urge to act after seeing one of his colleagues tackle the attempted robber to the floor.

As his co-worker grappled him on the ground, the 62 year old shopkeeper sprinted towards the floored criminal and ‘smacked him in the gob’. 

‘The adrenaline kicks in and you think of your staff’s safety,’ Mr Maher said. ‘I got hold of him and I had to smack him round the gob. It was scary.’ 

Police are searching for a man in connection with the incident at the Nisa Local shop in Walton

Billy Maher, 62, smacked the failed thief ‘in the gob’ after his colleague tackled him to the floor

The thwarted thief successfully fled the scene after his accomplice barged open the shop’s door, that was being held closed by another member of the shop’s staff. 

The failed robber was, however, forced to leave the Nisa Local store empty handed, without the crate of Foster’s, after Mr Maher and his colleagues intervened. 

Just moments after their escape, the failed robbers took a parting shot at the Nisa Local, using a hammer to shatter the shop’s glass front door. 

Police are now searching for a man in connection with the punch-up at the Nisa Local in Walton near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, on Apr 8 at 8.30pm.

The incident follows a spate of burglaries in the Peterborough area over the Easter weekend between April 8 and April 9.

Two men were seen trying doors of houses, cars, and searching sheds across Walton, Werrington, Milking Nook and Newborough in Cambs.

Police are appealing for CCTV, video doorbells and witnesses who saw anything over that weekend.

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