Shop worker disarms gunman

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A SHOP worker disarmed a robber who had threatened him with a handgun.

The robber had walked into Grande Wines, in Somers Road, Portsmouth and brandished the weapon.

He pointed the gun at the member of staff behind the counter - a 21-year-old man - and demanded money.

A struggle ensued during which the robber was disarmed. He fled the store empty-handed and ran off into Blackfriars Close.

Detective Constable Pete Bambury, from Portsmouth CID, said: 'This type of robbery is very rare. The weapon we recovered was a blank firing handgun but, even so, staff in the shop would not have known that.

'I'm appealing for anyone who saw a man running along Blackfriars Road at that time of night to come forward and tell me what they remember.

'The off-licence is next to the Aqua Cars office in Somers Road so if anyone happened to be walking past that location at that time and saw something they think may help the enquiry, I need to speak to them too.'

The armed robbery took place at about 9.20pm on Christmas Eve.

The robber is described as about 25-years-old, short, with dark hair and was wearing dark clothing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Bambury at Fratton police station on 101 or the anonymous Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.