Praise for staff in Hatfield Broak Oak ‘gun’ drama

PUBLISHED: 08:34 20 December 2018

Broad Oak Stores in Hatfield Broad Oak. Picture: GOOGLE

Broad Oak Stores in Hatfield Broad Oak. Picture: GOOGLE

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A village shop assistant who was threatened with a weapon during an attempted robbery has been praised for the ‘calm and incredible’ way he dealt with the situation.

On Sunday afternoon, armed officers arrived in Hatfield Broad Oak, after a man entered a store in High Street and threatened a shop worker with what was believed at the time to have been a gun.

Susan Beauchamp, who works at Hatfield Broak Oak Stores, praised her colleague Kulam, who faced the would-be robber alone and refused to open the till.

Susan said: “It turned out it was an imitation gun but it looked real. The man went round the back of the counter, which gave Kulam an opportunity to go around the back of the store. He found two people outside and asked for help. Then this person rushed out of the store to the car park at the back of the property.

“Armed police arrived with dogs and they had a helicopter out in the field,” Susan added.

“Obviously, Kulam was quite shocked by it all,” Susan said.

“He really dealt with it incredibly well. He was very calm. I would have been quite panicked.”

Having worked at the post office at the shop for three years, Susan said it was the first time an “incident like this” had occurred.

She added: “It’s shocking. Only about two or three months ago we had someone break into the store. They tried to break in elsewhere as well. The village has been very supportive. Villagers are concerned for the shop and for their own safety. The police came and reassured the villagers that they were safe.”

The robber is described as being in his 20s, white, of slim build and around 6ft tall.

Anyone who saw the incident, or has CCTV or dash cam in the areas of High Street or Feathers Hill, is encouraged to call Braintree CID on 101 quoting the crime reference number 42/184205/18.

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