A brave shopkeeper who battled a knifeman who stormed into his Burnley shop says he thought he was going to die.
Mr Bhag Singh spoke of his terror when a man brandishing a kitchen knife barged into his Best One store in Padiham Road at Gannow Top. The father-of-three, who has run the shop for seven years, said the man swung the blade at him and shouted “I’m going to kill you” during the 10-minute attack.
But Mr Singh managed to fend him off with a wooden stool before wrestling him outside into the street where he was detained by a passer-by at 9-20am on Wednesday.
The popular store owner said: “He came into my shop with a big knife. He was swearing and shouting. He said ‘I’m going to kill you’. He came behind the counter with the knife but I grabbed a stool to protect myself. I was struggling for 10 minutes and shouting ‘someone please help me.’ I thought I was going to die. Police said I was lucky to be alive.”
Police said a 45-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent but was taken to hospital and subsequently sectioned under the Mental Health Act.
Mr Singh, who suffered a cut hand, said: “I work seven days a week. I am a hard-working, tax-paying business owner but how can I feel safe now? I am scared for my wife and I am scared for my children. It is totally dangerous.”