Raging man ‘pulls gun’ on kebab shop owner after refusing to wear face mask

A man pulled an imitation gun on a kebab shop owner after getting into an argument as he refused to wear a face mask indoors.

Paul Griffiths, 57, was asked to wait outside by staff after he tried to buy food at the takeaway shop in Pentre, Rhondda, South Wales.

The maskless man, however, did not want to leave the restaurant and instead took an imitation gun from his pocket, Mirror reports.

CCTV footage of the incident – which happened at about 10.15pm on November 5, 2020 – shows the man pointing the imitation gun at people inside Rhondda Takeaway.

In the meantime, a delivery driver who was in the shop escaped through the back of the premises and called 999.

Police bodycam footage then shows armed officers arriving and ordering Griffiths to walk backward slowly out of the shop with his hands in the air.

While being handcuffed, police are heard telling Griffiths they were responding to reports he had a weapon on him, to which he replies: "No, I've got a paintball gun on me."

The man was jailed last month after pleading guilty to a number of charges, including possessing an imitation firearm.

A police spokesman said: "A customer and a delivery driver dived behind the counter, fearing they were going to be shot.

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"The delivery driver then ran to the living quarters and told people to lock the door, before running out of the back of the shop and calling 999."

Griffiths' gun was a prohibited CO2-powered paintball-type gun, but while in custody, officers obtained a warrant to search his home nearby and discovered he was hiding in a cannabis factory.

He pleaded guilty to possessing an imitation firearm in a public place with intent to cause fear of violence, possessing a prohibited weapon, and cannabis production, and was jailed for 20 months at Merthyr Tydfil Magistrates' Court on May 20.

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Detective Constable Lucy Robins, said: "Griffiths' actions that night were plain stupid and reckless. The people inside the shop that night genuinely feared for their lives.

"I would like to praise the actions of the owner who acted calmly and put the safety of others first by trying to keep the man inside the shop.

"The delivery driver raised the alarm quickly which ensured our armed officers were on the scene in minutes while he was still at the scene."

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