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Pharmacy manager Haroon Shaffiq told the Derby Telegraph: “I think it was a case of Henry one baseball bat nil.”I came down as soon as I was rung about the incident and when I got here Raffique was speaking so quickly.”He was clearly in shock at what he had been through.”He told me he just acted on instinct and picked up the Henry and starting fighting with the man with the baseball bat.”It must have been terrifying for him.””Raffique said he thought it was a joke and started laughing but then realised he was being serious and started fighting him off with the Henry. When a wannabe-thief brandishing a baseball bat entered a chemist in Derby earlier this month he was hoping to make off with cash from the till.He wasn’t expecting to be thwarted by a staff member wielding a Henry vacuum cleanerCCTV footage shows the moment the robber came into the store at around 11.20pm on September 2, demanding staff hand over cash.But worker Raffique Chaudhery, who was cleaning the store, used the vacuum to keep the bat-wielding thug at bay.The clip shows the unknown man then damaging the shop counter with the bat before fleeing empty-handed. Credit:Google “[Co-worker] Gaffer [Ahmed] was behind the counter and swore back at the man who then leaned forward and tried to get the till open but he couldn’t.”He then smashed at the screen of the till completely destroying it before finally running out empty handed.According to Mr Shaffiq the incident was the first time anyone has tried to rob the store in the 12 years it’s been open.”We have a real community presence here in Osmaston and Allenton,” he said, “and the customers have been fantastic since it happened.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
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