Hero pharmacist foils armed man

COURAGE: Raj Bhatt, who protected the public from armed Andrew Angus, pictured below

COURAGE: Raj Bhatt, who protected the public from armed Andrew Angus, pictured below

A have-a-go hero barricaded his customers into a consultation room as a man armed with spikes rampaged outside a pharmacy.

Brave Raj Bhatt, 47, told the Evening Post it was “his duty to protect his colleagues and customers”.

The community spirited father-of-one stood up to Andrew Angus, 50, as he threatened three women with a child, six, another woman and a dog.

The victims ran into Lloyds Pharmacy on Deepdale Road, Preston, on June 12, 2013, screaming a man was “trying to kill them.”

Mr Bhatt, of Albert Road, Deepdale, tried to calm them and then confronted him.

He said: “It’s my duty, it’s everybody’s job to protect each other.

“This guy showed me seven spikes. They could have done serious damage. I told him to go away and not to scare people.”

“ I was at the door explaining he had gone, but heard more screaming. One of our customers said he was threatening to stab her and her dog.

“The woman was screaming ‘Please close the door’. But before I could, he burst in. I thought he was serious then so we closed the victims in a consultation room.

Mr Bhatt, who has worked there for six years, added: “He came towards me and I couldn’t stop him. I tried to keep him talking and picked up a basket to protect myself. It was getting dangerous.”

In the end he pretended the woman was outside to trick agitated Angus into leaving.

Angus, of Chestnut Crescent, admitted affray and possessing a weapon at Preston Crown Court and received 15 months suspended for two years, two years supervision, mental health treatment and a curfew.

Recorder Crawford said: “I’m convinced your behaviour can be explained because of the mental health issues I understand you have.”




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