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Father's armed robbery terror

PUBLISHED: 17:13 11 March 2009 | UPDATED: 09:43 12 August 2010

A SHOP worker has described the terrifying moment four masked thieves held a gun against his head during a robbery. Father-of-three

A SHOP worker has described the terrifying moment four masked thieves held a gun against his head during a robbery.

Father-of-three Chaiya Namasa, 30, was just about to lock up the Thresher store in Plaistow Lane, Bromley, at around 9.50pm last Thursday (5), when the men burst in and shouted at him to get on the floor.

They held a gun to his head for between three and five minutes before making off with £700 cash, £400 worth of tobacco and alcohol.

He said: "I just went into autopilot. It was pretty scary, they were shouting and being all jumpy jumpy. I tried to keep it cool as a cucumber so as not to aggravate them.

"I went back to work the next day. I'm not going to let them bring me down. They are scum bags with nothing else in their lives."

Mr Namasa said his family were shocked and worried about him when he told them about the incident.

He added: "My five-year-old son said 'Daddy, don't go to work tomorrow, I don't want you to die'. I feel blessed that I wasn't shot."

The gunman was black, aged between 18 and 20, about 6ft tall and was wearing white Nike trainers with leopard skin print on the side, black jeans and a dark hooded top.

Two other suspects were black, about 5ft 10ins tall, aged between 18 and 20. Both were wearing dark hooded tops and one of them wore black jeans and black trainers.

The fourth man was white, aged 18 to 20, about 5ft 10ins tall and was wearing a blue hooded top.

A spokesperson for Thresher said: "We are currently co-operating with police regarding the robbery. Fortunately no one was harmed during the incident

"CCTV footage of the incident is with the police and the staff member has been offered access to our counselling service."

Anyone with any information should contact the Met's Flying Squad on 020 7232 6530 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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