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Chch dairy worker attacked with hammer

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 28/06/2016

A Christchurch dairy worker attacked with a hammer while trying to unmask two robbers says he chased the pair because he's sick of criminals targeting defenceless convenience stores.

One Stop Convenience Store employee Ruchik Patel had just opened the Aranui shop on Tuesday morning when two masked men armed with a hammer burst in demanding cigarettes and cash.

After helping themselves the pair ran from the store leaving the weapon on the counter. Mr Patel grabbed the hammer and made chase.

He managed to unmask one of the men but had to release him after being struck on nose with a hammer by his accomplice.

"(I had to let release the man) because I was bleeding too much," he told NZ Newswire. "I just got it in my mind that I should go and chase them and do something so I could recognise them.

"They were in shock - they were scared because they didn't know that I would do this kind of thing (to them) so they were scared.

Mr Patel said it's the second robbery at the store in recent years and he's fed up.

"If you just say 'OK take the money and go' every time then they will do this again and again."

The pair took off on bicycles and are still being sought by police, however Mr Patel was able to identify one as a customer.

He was treated in hospital for small fractures to his nose but is expected to make a full recovery.

His boss, Bhavesh Patel, said it was store policy that workers do not chase robbers but said his employee's actions were brave.

He said dairies were being targeted more often following a rise in the price of cigarettes.

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