Brit Indian scares off potential stabbers with hot tea

December 12th, 2008 - 11:49 am ICT by ANI  

London, Dec.12 (ANI): Brit Indian Varsha Patel, a shopkeeper, yesterday scared off two knife-wielding raiders by throwing a hot cup of tea into one of the attackers faces. According to The Sun, Patel, 45, threw the drink in one mans face, and hurled the china mug at the others head.

The balaclava-clad pair, armed with ten-inch blades, was so shocked that they fled.

At just five feet in height, Varsha chased them out of the shop in Kensworth, Beds, before they roared off in a blue Peugeot. The drama was captured on CCTV.

She was working alone and about to take a sip of her freshly-made brew when the raiders struck.

I was scared afterwards, but at the time I just reacted on instinct. I have never been one to let people bully me. The first one ripped out the scratch card dispenser on top of the counter. The other looked like he was going to make a grab for the till but was so surprised when I fought back he just ran away. I was just about to take my first sip of tea and threw the contents in his face as he came towards me, Varsha was quoted, as saying.

They made a mess, but it was all over in what felt like two seconds, she added.

The raiders escaped with just the dispenser containing 1,000 lottery scratch cards, which Varsha cancelled by ringing Camelot.

It was the first raid on the village store, which she and husband Yogesh, 50, have run for 20 years.

Proud Yogesh said: I am just so relieved she is OK.

Police said: We are glad no one was hurt. (ANI)

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