A SHOP assistant was hailed a hero after forcing two robbers armed with a handgun out of his store.
Kannan Ravai, 25, from Birkenhead, was confronted by the robbers in the MRM convenience store in King Street, who shouted at him to open the tills.
But he bravely refused before attempting to call the police and forcing the thugs out on to the street.
Store owner Rave Endrarajah, 34, said his employee was “a brave hero”.
He told the News: “When the two men came in the shop wearing masks and took out a gun, Kannan just started arguing with them.
“He refused to give in and be intimidated. It was extremely brave what he did because when someone has a gun you are totally defenceless and at the mercy of them. So to confront them in the way he did was absolutely amazing.”
Police were hunting the masked robbers who struck at two shops in the space of just 20 minutes.
Before striking at the MRM store at 8.30pm on January 14, the robbers also raided the Best One store on Seaview Road, Wallasey.
Kannan, who has worked at the Birkenhead shop for just a few months, said: “I wasn’t too scared really because I was determined not to let them at the tills.
“I told them I wouldn’t open them or give them any money. They took my phone as I tried to call the police but eventually they left.”
Police say descriptions of the two men involved in both incidents are similar.
Both men are white and 5ft 8in tall. One was of slim build, wearing a black Adidas-type outdoor jacket.
The second man was of medium build and was wearing a black jacket. Both were wearing masks.
At the shop in Wallasey, the robbers made off with a small amount of cash.
A neighbour who lives near the store said: “There are constantly young people around here causing trouble and being abusive.
“Obviously this is on another level.”
DI Judith Blease said: “Merseyside Police takes incidents of this nature very seriously and we are committed to catching the offenders.
“Incidents of this type in these areas are rare.”
Anyone with information should contact Merseyside Police on 0151 777 2260 or the Crimestoppers line anonymously on 0800 555 111.