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Would-be robber restrained by staff at cycle store

News from NZ Police
A 29-year-old man who entered a cycle store in Lower Hutt this afternoon got more than he was expecting when he told the attendant to open the till.

The man entered the store on Queens Drive at 12.50pm, walking behind the counter and demanding that the staff member behind the counter open the till.

The staff member refused and another staff member asked the man to leave the shop. The man then punched this staff member.

Fortunately the staff member was not injured and other members of staff restrained the man. They then flagged down a passing police car.

Police commend the quick-thinking of the staff which enabled us to take the man into custody.

He has been charged with demanding with menace and aggravated assault. He is due to appear in Hutt District Court on Saturday.