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South Asian youth averts robbery in Britain

world Updated: May 25, 2010 14:38 IST
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In an interesting series of events, a South Asian youth charged at a robber with a steering wheel lock, as he was trying to rob a British shop, forcing the latter to flee. The man later remarked: "If you're clever enough to work out how to rob a shop then you're clever enough to work."

Dipankar Mallick, 29, grabbed the 18-inch metal clamp and showed it to the robber. He then chased the knife-wielding man out of the Costcutter corner shop and down the street.

"I was in charge of the shop so it was my responsibility to protect it. The guy didn't say anything and just handed over a list saying he had a knife...I reached for the clamp. I told him, 'I've got this' and as soon as he saw it he ran off," The Sun Tuesday quoted Mallick, who hails from Aberdeen, as saying.

"If it (the clamp) hadn't been there I don't know what I would have done. It would have made things a lot harder," he stated.

He said the attack had left him angry. "I have to work hard to earn a living. So it makes me mad that someone wants to take the easy option and try to steal from me," he added.

Mallick said he took the job after failing to get work after graduating last year with a business degree from Robert Gordon University. Local councillor Bill Cormie said: "It's very courageous of this young man to defend the shop and take the steps he did. It's a horrid thing to happen. At that time of day on a Sunday it's frightening."

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