A hero shopkeeper who was stabbed while detaining a knife thug has bravely tackled intruders before, it has emerged.
But is the second time this year that fearless Sandeep has stood his ground. The store boss, who is from India and is studying a post-graduate degree in England, tackled a gang of four masked thugs when they raided the same store in February.
CCTV footage from the earlier incident in February shows he grappled with one of the four masked men and tried to drag him back into his shop after the gang swiped cigarettes worth £3,000 from the display.
But other members of the gang intervened and one can be seen punching Sandeep in the head as they free their partner in crime.
“I held on to one of them but they ran away,” recalled Sandeep.
No-one was arrested in connection with the incident and the police investigation is still ongoing.
Following his latest act of bravery, dad-of-one Sandeep, who lives in Northern Moor, said he would do the same again although it ‘depends on the situation’.
The father of a two-month-old old suffered slash wounds to his side and right hand as he grabbed the intruder, disarmed him and pinned him to the ground until police arrived on Thursday night.
Sandeep forced the robber to the ground behind the till until officers arrived at the Timperley corner shop three minutes later.
Police described his heroics as ‘brave work’.
The drama unfolded on December 29, when the drunken unmasked teen calmly walked into the Nisa store at the junction of Heyes Lane and Park Road.
He asked for cigarettes but when Sandeep demanded ID, he lifted his top to show a knife before going behind the till to threaten the manager with the blade.
Sandeep prised the knife away from the thug before wrestling him to the ground in front of a shocked customer.
A boy of 15 was arrested on suspicion of robbery before being released on bail.