Eltham: Watch as shopkeeper fights back against armed robber

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CCTV footage shows a shopkeeper fighting back during an armed robbery in Eltham.

A man has been jailed after carrying out an armed robbery at a local newsagents in southeast London.

Daniel Lee, 43, entered a local newsagents on Shawbrooke Road in Eltham on December 10 2023, where he confronted a man working alone behind the desk with a firearm and demanded money.

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CCTV footage shows Lee pointing the gun at the victim’s head, as well as assaulting him with the butt of the gun several times, causing minor injuries.

Lee, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to robbery and possession of a firearm with intent to commit a scheduled offence at Woolwich Crown Court on Friday April 19. He was sentenced to six years and four months in prison.

The court heard that Lee stole an iPhone from the counter, as well as a Samsung phone from the victim’s inside jacket pocket, before leaving on a bicycle holding the shop cash drawer.

He was later seen on a footpath nearby, attempting to break open the cash drawer using the butt of the gun.

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Daniel Lee has been jailed for carrying out an armed robbery at a shop in ElthamDaniel Lee has been jailed for carrying out an armed robbery at a shop in Eltham
Daniel Lee has been jailed for carrying out an armed robbery at a shop in Eltham | Met Police

Lee was dressed distinctively in a black hooded jumper, balaclava, one black glove, one yellow glove, and a pair of black trainers with an orange/red band at the back, said the Met Police.

He discarded the pair of gloves on the footpath, which were later discovered by officers and found to contain both the DNA of the victim and the defendant.

He was identified by DNA and CCTV. Officers found that he had worn the same clothes in previous interactions with police.

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Lee was arrested in Eltham on Thursday December 28 2023 and was later charged.

A Sheriff's Award for Bravery was given to the victim as well as another member of the public who sought to intervene.

Detective Constable Seán Keogh, of the Met Police’s Flying Squad, said: “Criminality of this kind spreads terror through communities and can cause long lasting harm and trauma, all for very little personal benefit.

"I hope this sentence reassures the community that the police will identify and remove these offenders from law-abiding society; as well as demonstrating to those who would consider similar actions that they have little to gain, but a lot to lose.”