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Dartford takeaway manager at Pizza Go Go in East Hill beaten in terrifying knife raid as staff fear for safety

24 April 2014
by Alex Matthews

Workers at a Dartford fast food restaurant have been left fearing for their lives after the manager was beaten up and threatened with a knife during an attempted daylight robbery.

Pizza Go Go manager Saghir Hussain was repeatedly punched in the face and had a weapon pulled on him when three men tried to raid the restaurant.

Images from CCTV footage showed his terrifying ordeal at the East Hill takeaway at about 3pm on Easter Sunday.

The Pizza Go Go manager is shoved by raiders

The Pizza Go Go manager is shoved by raiders

Owner Guljasim Rahimi, 50, said he and his staff now feared for their safety.

He said: "It was daylight and people came and did something like this.

"Now we're scared all the time because maybe they'll come back and do something like this again."

Mr Rahimi said the drama began when three men entered the restaurant and asked for a pizza.

They picked up menus and one of the gang approached the till and made an order before the three-minute attack began.

Pizza Go Go manager Saghir Hussain has been praised for his bravery

Pizza Go Go manager Saghir Hussain has been praised for his bravery

One man backed towards the door while another slipped around the side of counter, grabbing Mr Hussein's mobile.

The last member of the gang then jumped over the counter and demanded Mr Hussein hand over money from the till and put a knife to his throat.

When Mr Hussein refused, the other robber punched him in the face and demanded money again only to be given the same answer.

The man wielding the knife then picked up a ladle used by the restaurant to spread sauce, and hit Mr Hussein hard on the head - before his partner punched their victim repeatedly in the face.

It was at this point Mr Rahimi, who was in a room above the restaurant, caught the attack on the security camera's television and came running downstairs.

He shouted for someone to phone the police and the robbers ran away - leaving with Mr Hussein's phone, but no cash.

CCTV footage from Pizza Go Go in Dartford

CCTV footage from Pizza Go Go in Dartford

Standing his ground, manager Saghir Hussain is confronted by raiders

Standing his ground, manager Saghir Hussain is confronted by raiders

CCTV footage of the robbery, in which the manager was punched in the face and threatened with a knife

CCTV footage of the robbery, in which the manager was punched in the face and threatened with a knife

Mr Rahimi said: "I came down the stairs and said 'call the police' and scared off the guys.

"They ran away, two towards Dartford town centre and another ran off to the left hand side."

Mr Rahimi has run the takeaway for 14 years and said he has experienced various acts of vandalism and crime, including having his window smashed.

He said: "I'm going to write to a letter to the police because so many times I've asked for a camera but they say 'go to the council'.

"The police should take action, they should take some security measures."

Owner Guljasim Rahimi outside Pizza Go Go in Dartford

Owner Guljasim Rahimi outside Pizza Go Go in Dartford

Mr Rahimi said he was proud of his staff for acting calmly and bravely, but said safety should always come first.

He said: "He was a brave man because maybe someone more frightened would have opened the till, but he should have opened the till because money is not important compared to your life."

Police inquiries are ongoing.


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