This is the terrifying moment five masked men armed with hammers and pieces of wood smashed up a Sheffield takeaway and threatened staff.
Masked attackers stormed into Imran’s Express on Abbeydale Road and caused thousands of pounds of damage.
Shocking scenes caught on CCTV show thugs throwing pieces of wood behind the counter while an accomplice smashes windows.
The CCTV footage shows one yob threatening a lone customer as he watches helplessly while the gang trash the shop in the space of just 20 seconds.
Takeaway manager Abdullah Ahmed today said he had ‘no idea’ why the yobs had targeted his shop.
Mr Ahmed said he rang police immediately after the incident.
“We were just working, then the next minute these guys piled in with hammers and wood,” he said.
“It sounded like someone had fired a gun but I quickly realised it was a hammer going through the glass at the front of the shop.
“Luckily no one was hurt but they’ve damaged all the shop front windows and damaged two fridges, one for drinks and another for cakes.
“It was very scary, it happened so quick and they caused so much damage. The window panes will cost me £1,500 each.”
South Yorkshire Police are investigating the incident in Netheredge which happened at around 9.20pm on Monday.
A police spokesman said: “Police are investigating following a disturbance at a takeaway in Sheffield.
It is reported that at about 9.20pm on Monday, March 21, a group of five men caused damage to the front of a takeaway on Abbeydale Road, before entering the takeaway and causing further damage inside.”
PC Helen Rodgers, the investigating officer, said: “I would like to appeal to anyone who was in the area at the time of the incident and saw what happened to contact us.
“Any kind of antisocial behaviour will not be tolerated. Thankfully no one was hurt in this incident, but behaviour of this nature is wholly unacceptable.”
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 101 quoting incident number 1139 of 21 March 2016.
Alternatively, memb ers of the public can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.