Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Bar Boss's Terror as Robber Pistol-Whips Him and Steals Cash

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Bar Boss's Terror as Robber Pistol-Whips Him and Steals Cash

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Byline: Tony Bonnici

A BAR manager told today how he was pistol-whipped when armed robbers burst in and snatched the takings in West Hampstead.

Ian Black, 35, was smashed around the head with the weapon by one of two gunmen who targeted The Gallery in Broadhurst Gardens soon after closing time on Sunday night.

As Mr Black's two colleagues were ordered to the floor, one of the raiders told him to open the safe with the weekend's takings. "We had just closed at 11.30 and were clearing up when they walked in. They took the staff through the bar up towards the kitchen.

"A colleague told me we were being held up and I walked out of the office, asking him what he was talking about. One of the men pushed a gun at me and said, 'Open the safe and give me the money'. Then they both cocked their guns.

"I got this adrenaline rush. At first I was looking around the office for a weapon. It quickly goes through your mind but then you think, 'They have a gun and it is probably better to do what they say'. …

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