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Chalfont St Giles shopkeeper chases armed robber

A village shopkeeper chased an armed robber out of his shop even though the thief had pointed a gun at him.

The offender demanded money at Village News in Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire, on Monday afternoon.

The shop owner stalled the robber and he and a customer chased him from the store as he fled empty-handed.

Police said the thief was described as black and wearing woollen grey gloves and a white knitted hooded top and was last seen heading along The Lagger.

The shopkeeper had managed to press a panic alarm and the man ran off when other customers entered the store, police added.

Det Insp Sharon Hill, of Thames Valley Police, said: "A robbery involving a firearm at a village store is extremely concerning and we are appealing to anyone with information about the incident or the offender to come forward as soon as possible.

"The owner of the store showed great courage during the incident and his composure resulted in the offender leaving empty-handed.

"We are determined to catch the man responsible and bring him to justice."

Witnesses or anyone with information on the incident at 14:45 BST are asked to contact Thames Valley Police.

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