Shop worker Rasaratnam Rahulan snatches robber's 'gun'

A shop assistant confronted a robber and snatched what he thought was a gun from his hand during an attempted raid.

John Buckley, 32, targeted the News 2000 store in Roker Avenue, Sunderland, but was tackled and held by Rasaratnam Rahulan until police arrived.

The attempted robbery on 5 August was captured on CCTV.

At Newcastle Crown Court, Buckley, of no fixed address, admitted attempted robbery. He will be sentenced on 23 November.

In the footage, hooded Buckley can be seen pointing a gun at Mr Rahulan before the gun is snatched from his hand and he is then wrestled to the ground with the help of a customer in the shop.

Buckley also admitted handling an imitation weapon and was remanded in custody when he appeared in court.

Mr Rahulan said: "He came in the shop and I thought his behaviour was strange - I asked him to remove his hood because it is hard to see on the CCTV, but he refused so I pushed him a bit.

"He then suddenly pulled a gun from his jumper and pointed it at me. He asked me to go behind the counter and asked for money.

"I didn't want to give him the money - I didn't think about my safety, I'm just like that, I follow my instincts and thought I could get the gun off him."

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