I fought off machete madman as he tried to hack at my neck

Southend Standard: I fought off machete madman as he tried to hack at my neck I fought off machete madman as he tried to hack at my neck

A BRAVE store manager tried to prevent armed robbers getting away even as one swung a machete at his neck.

Sharif Ali blocked a door after the masked robbers, who were armed with a machete and screwdriver, stole a fourfigure sum of cash from the safe of the 99p Store on Canvey, on Saturday.

One of the thugs chopped at Mr Ali’s hand through a crack in the door and swung the machete at his neck after breaking out, before fleeing the scene.

The trainee manager, 24, of Canvey, said: “I thought they might have done something to my manager and colleagues, they might have hurt or killed them. So I thought I won’t let them get away. I thought it was the first thing I had to do as a citizen. I wish I could have stopped them.”

The two men, both of whom were wearing masks, walked into the Furtherwick Road store at about 5.15pm, went through a staff-only door and headed upstairs to where the manager’s office, staff room and staff toilets are.

They forced staff in the manager’s office to open a safe and hand over the money.

A colleague warned Mr Ali two people in hoodies had gone upstairs, but he thought they were teenagers hoping to raid the staff room. When he saw them coming down the stairs brandishing a knife, he shut the door and put his weight against it.

The robbers managed to push the door open enough to reach out with the machete and swing at Mr Ali.

He said: “He tried to stab my hand while I was holding the door. His handle hit my hand, pushing it away and theymanaged to open the door.

“As soon as he got out, he swung at my neck. It was a really big knife.”

The first man is described as 5ft 8ins tall, with blue eyes, and spoke with a London accent. He was aged 27 to 30, and wore a black jacket, dark blue Adidas tracksuit bottoms with white stripes down the side, white trainers, and a grey top with a cartoon on the front. He was wearing a mask.

The second was aged 19 or 20, skinny, and about 5ft 7ins tall. He wore a mask, blue jeans, black Puma trainers, andawhite and a black jacket.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Southend CID on 101.

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6:38pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Steve H says...

Idiot.

He looks so smug in the photo.

One wonders if his family would be wearing the same smug grin as they bury him?

Is a days takings worth more than your life?
Idiot. He looks so smug in the photo. One wonders if his family would be wearing the same smug grin as they bury him? Is a days takings worth more than your life? Steve H

6:54pm Tue 17 Dec 13

InTheKnowOk says...

Steve H wrote:
Idiot.

He looks so smug in the photo.

One wonders if his family would be wearing the same smug grin as they bury him?

Is a days takings worth more than your life?
Why is he an idiot for standing his ground? .. I'd of classed him more an idiot for cowering in the corner like a wuss whilst they took all his stock ..
[quote][p][bold]Steve H[/bold] wrote: Idiot. He looks so smug in the photo. One wonders if his family would be wearing the same smug grin as they bury him? Is a days takings worth more than your life?[/p][/quote]Why is he an idiot for standing his ground? .. I'd of classed him more an idiot for cowering in the corner like a wuss whilst they took all his stock .. InTheKnowOk

6:57pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Steve H says...

InTheKnowOk wrote:
Steve H wrote:
Idiot.

He looks so smug in the photo.

One wonders if his family would be wearing the same smug grin as they bury him?

Is a days takings worth more than your life?
Why is he an idiot for standing his ground? .. I'd of classed him more an idiot for cowering in the corner like a wuss whilst they took all his stock ..
At least he would be an alive idiot.
[quote][p][bold]InTheKnowOk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Steve H[/bold] wrote: Idiot. He looks so smug in the photo. One wonders if his family would be wearing the same smug grin as they bury him? Is a days takings worth more than your life?[/p][/quote]Why is he an idiot for standing his ground? .. I'd of classed him more an idiot for cowering in the corner like a wuss whilst they took all his stock ..[/p][/quote]At least he would be an alive idiot. Steve H

8:21pm Tue 17 Dec 13

luvinlife says...

Steve H wrote:
InTheKnowOk wrote:
Steve H wrote:
Idiot.

He looks so smug in the photo.

One wonders if his family would be wearing the same smug grin as they bury him?

Is a days takings worth more than your life?
Why is he an idiot for standing his ground? .. I'd of classed him more an idiot for cowering in the corner like a wuss whilst they took all his stock ..
At least he would be an alive idiot.
Most people that act bravely could be called stupid by cowards.
[quote][p][bold]Steve H[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]InTheKnowOk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Steve H[/bold] wrote: Idiot. He looks so smug in the photo. One wonders if his family would be wearing the same smug grin as they bury him? Is a days takings worth more than your life?[/p][/quote]Why is he an idiot for standing his ground? .. I'd of classed him more an idiot for cowering in the corner like a wuss whilst they took all his stock ..[/p][/quote]At least he would be an alive idiot.[/p][/quote]Most people that act bravely could be called stupid by cowards. luvinlife

7:12am Wed 18 Dec 13

CHRISTMAS CAROL says...

Its all well and good to say he was an idiot but who knows what damage could have been caused to other members of staff if mad machete man gained entry maybe pumped up with drugs. He deserves to be smug. Only downside is if they are caught they will receive a slap on the wrist. Hope they are on CCTV
Its all well and good to say he was an idiot but who knows what damage could have been caused to other members of staff if mad machete man gained entry maybe pumped up with drugs. He deserves to be smug. Only downside is if they are caught they will receive a slap on the wrist. Hope they are on CCTV CHRISTMAS CAROL

12:08pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Kim Gandy says...

Steve H wrote:
InTheKnowOk wrote:
Steve H wrote:
Idiot.

He looks so smug in the photo.

One wonders if his family would be wearing the same smug grin as they bury him?

Is a days takings worth more than your life?
Why is he an idiot for standing his ground? .. I'd of classed him more an idiot for cowering in the corner like a wuss whilst they took all his stock ..
At least he would be an alive idiot.
But he is alive!
[quote][p][bold]Steve H[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]InTheKnowOk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Steve H[/bold] wrote: Idiot. He looks so smug in the photo. One wonders if his family would be wearing the same smug grin as they bury him? Is a days takings worth more than your life?[/p][/quote]Why is he an idiot for standing his ground? .. I'd of classed him more an idiot for cowering in the corner like a wuss whilst they took all his stock ..[/p][/quote]At least he would be an alive idiot.[/p][/quote]But he is alive! Kim Gandy

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