A heroic newsagent has been praised for coming to the aid of a teenager who was chased into his shop by two youths brandishing a knife and a machete.
The shocking footage (below) recorded from the shop CCTV shows a teenager rushing into the shop as two thugs chase him down armed with a machete.
Abbas Solak, who was working behind the counter at Bon Bon in Hoxton, Hackney, east London, can be seen rushing to help the teenager, who at this point was trying to keep the shop door closed.
The thugs kick through the glass door in seconds and Abbas pulls the boy out of harms way before the knifeman swings wildly in their direction, coming within inches of stabbing Abbas.
The knifeman’s accomplice threw a mop into the shop before the pair ran away from the scene.
It is believed that the attackers were also recording the incident on their mobile phones.
Thanks to the quick thinking and bravery of Abbas no one was injured during the incident which occurred just after 9pm on Saturday October 8.
Mr Abbas, who has been running the shop for 10 years with his brother, said: “If someone’s life is threatened you have to do something.”
“You have to be brave sometimes. I didn’t think about what could have happened.”
The victim stayed in the shop for 5 minutes before leaving with his friend.
Mr Abbas said: ‘He just left when I was on the phone without saying thank you,’
Police are investigating the attack but have yet to make any arrests.
A Met Police spokesman said: ‘Detectives from Hackney are investigating an allegation of affray.
‘A man entered a shop and was pursued by two other men, one of whom was armed with a knife.’