A SHOPKEEPER robbed by a hammer-wielding thug just six months after being stabbed in a previous raid believes he is Britain’s unluckiest newsagent.
Michael Wiles, aged 58, has been subjected to more than six violent robberies in a decade. His 80-year-old father died after a row with yobs outside the shop in 2007.
But Michael, who has run his shop in Hillsborough for 36 years, today vowed to continue trading - and pledged robbers will not force him out of business.
“I must be the unluckiest newsagent in Britain but you have to keep battling on,” he told The Star. “They will not drive me out. It’s my livelihood, it’s what keeps a roof over my head.”
Michael needed his head gluing back together after the hammer attack at his shop on Langsett Road. The incident was captured on CCTV and police are investigating.
A thug with a scarf pulled over his face, and a masked accomplice keeping watch at the door, barged past Michael and forced his way behind the counter. Michael was trying to stop the robber grabbing cash from the till when the raider produced a hammer and struck out five times.
The pair fled empty-handed after Michael was injured.
“They must think I am an easy target working in a small shop on my own,” Michael said.
“Only six months ago I was stabbed. But the law is on the side of offenders - they can touch you but you can’t touch them.”
Six months ago Michael was knifed in his stomach, shoulder and ribs by a robber who snarled, ‘I’m going to stab you and murder you’. After a struggle the robber fled - stealing just £20 and leaving his victim bleeding.
In 2010 a robber used a tent peg to try to gouge out Michael’s eyes as he defended his shop from a raid.
In 2002 he was hospitalised after being struck over the head with a wrench by a robber.
And Michael says he suffers regular abuse and lesser assaults, especially from youngsters to whom he refuses to sell cigarettes.
But the incident in the shop that still affects him most is the death of his father - 80-year-old Lewis Wiles.
Lewis fell to the ground, hitting his head on the pavement, in a row with young yobs outside.
A 20-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder but no charges were ever brought.
Anyone with information about the hammer attack should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
- April 2012 - Attacked with a hammer in armed robbery
- October 2011 - Stabbed three times in armed raid
- 2010 - Threatened with a tent peg during robbery
- September 2007 - Michael’s father, Lewis Wiles, aged 80, died after a row outside the shop
- May 2002 - Shop targeted by a knife-wielding robber for the second time in just over a month
- April 2002 - Michael hit over the head with a wrench during robbery