VIDEO: Burslem shop assistant wrestles robber in dramatic shop raid
MASKED knifeman Christopher Hall got more than he bargained for when he burst into a corner shop – and was wrestled to the floor by an assistant.
Dramatic CCTV images show the brave worker arming himself with a bottle of wine after being threatened by the robber.
A greeting cards stand is then knocked to the ground before the two men struggle on the floor and Hall is unmasked.
Both men then leave the Burslem shop before Hall, of Smallthorne, calmly walks back in and tries to force open the till with his knife.
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The 29-year-old who escaped with just three packets of cigarettes, has now been jailed for three years.
Staffordshire Police have praised the quality of the Dartmouth Street shop's eight CCTV cameras, which captured the raid.
The worker, who has not been named, was left traumatised and no longer works at the shop.
In statement, he said: "I believed he was going to kill me. I will never forget this incident." Student Majuran Kathirkanathan, aged 26, of Cauldon Road, Shelton, who works at the shop which is owned by his family, said: "There have been cases of people trying to run off with spirits before but nothing as violent as this.
"We are very happy that he has been jailed for three years."