A defiant grandmother who refused to back down when armed thugs raided her corner shop said: “I won’t let them win.”
Bhanu Mistry, 56, was about to close Pinna Store on Low Lane in Horsforth when the masked pair stormed in brandishing knives and demanded cash.
What else am I going to do? I’m not letting them win.Bhanu Mistry
The grandmother-of-one gave them short shrift and forced them to flee the corner shop empty-handed when she set off a panic alarm. “What else am I going to do?” she said. “I’m not letting them win.
“I’ve got a life to lead, I’ve got a business to run. This is my only income. I’m not about to give in to a couple of young thugs.”
Ms Mistry, who has run the convenience shop for 32 years, was sorting paperwork when the robbers – one about 5ft 9ins tall and the other one slightly shorter – walked in on Wednesday night.
“It all happened so quickly,” she said.
“They shouted at me to open the till, they were pointing their knives at me. But I said ‘I’m not opening the till’.
“I must have put my hands up to stop them, because I got a few little cuts. I reached for the panic button and one of them said ‘Don’t be pushing anything’. But the alarm went off and they got scared and ran out.”
Police are investigating the incident and are examining CCTV.
Ms Mistry, who recently became a grandmother for the first time, said it was the first time in more than a decade that the shop had been targeted.
She added: “I don’t understand it. If they want money, these young people should earn it the way I have.
“They shouldn’t go robbing people to feed their habits or whatever. It’s not fair.”
Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.