Hero hailed for trying to stop armed robbery

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A garage owner has praised a hero taxi driver who stopped to take on robbers armed with a knife and a gun at his business in Warsop.

Tristan King, who owns the Castelle Service Station on Sherwood Street, said Karl Holden had been passing in his taxi when he saw two men enter the garage with scarves about their faces.

Mr King said: “He told me he thought something was quite right so he parked right in front of the door.

“By that point they were just about to leave, so I tackled them and went for the guy with the gun first.

“He managed to get hold of them and roughed them up a bit. Honestly, the CCTV footage looks like something out of an action film.

“His actions meant we could get a better look at their faces on CCTV, thanks to this hero of a man who put his life at risk.”

Mr Holden said he “acted on impulse and said he felt like he needed to help”.

Mr King said the thieves only got away with about £100 – as that is the most cash ever kept on site.

He said: “It was an awful thing for our staff to have to go through, but we want to celebrate what Karl has done and will be giving him a reward.”

Mr King said he had now employed a company to watch the CCTV at the garage so police could be called immediately if anything similar happened and because he wanted his staff to feel safe.

n Otis Kirby, aged 20, of Chatsworth Road, Chesterfield, has been charged with robbery and possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence in connection with the robbery.

n Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101.