'I am not going to back down to people like that' - WATCH the have-a-go hero who took down armed robbers
"I don't think they expected it. I think they expected me to back down or run off. I am not going to back down to people like that."
Those are the resolute words of a have-a-go hero who foiled two armed robbers at his local convenience store.
Pardeep Singh, known to all as Dipz, had only popped to One Stop in Stourbridge to get cash for a night out.
But the 39-year-old fitness instructor ended up face-to-face with two balaclava-clad robbers, each armed with a metal bar.
Rather than run he challenged the thugs, taking each down in turn, and then held them with the help of others until the police arrived minutes later.
Dipz told the Express & Star he "got angry" after seeing "terror" on the faces of staff and vowed not to let the robbers escape.
"It was just not fair to run off," he said. "People work hard for their money and for someone to just think they can take that money, that they can make easy money, is not alright.
"We are a civilised society and there is no place for people like that.
"For me, they are as good as terrorists. They terrorise people. It is not acceptable.
"My family live in that area. What if it had been them in the shop? What if it had of been a child? They should be ashamed of themselves."
The drama unfolded at One Stop in Worcester Street, by Mary Stevens Park, at around 10pm on September 1.
The two robbers were already inside when Dipz arrived and had made threats of violence against staff, demanding they opened the till and hand over takings.
After ensuring both men were detained, Dipz instructed a further witness to take the registration number of a Volvo seen driving from the scene.
This resulted in a stolen car being stopped near the junction with New Road shortly after the botched robbery.
Three men - aged 35, 50 and 53 and all from Dudley - were arrested and later charged, including the suspected getaway driver.
Dipz - who is a freelance personal trainer at Foundry Gym, Wolverhampton, and at Anchor Gym, West Bromwich - suffered nothing more than a couple of cuts to his hand for his trouble.
He has limited experience of boxing and MMA through his job and insists he would do the same again in a similar situation "without a doubt."
He added: "I did what I had to do to keep people safe.
"I don't look at it as 'heroic.' It was fight-or-flight. It was instinct. I was just protecting people.
"I looked at the other customers in the shop at the time and though they could be my loved ones. I would not want them in that same situation.
"They hit shops because they see them as easy targets, with often women in there. They shouldn't be allowed to get away with it."
Carl Cina, 50, from Stourbridge Road; Stuart Dublin, 35, from Blowers Road; and Delroy Nettleford, 53, from Stourbridge Road, appeared before magistrates on Monday.
Nettleford was stopped by police shortly after the robbery for being the suspected getaway driver.
Cina and Nettleford are also charged with theft from Sainsburys in High Street, Wollaston.
All three were remanded to appear at Wolverhampton Crown Court on October 2.
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