Customer pulls ‘gun’ on staff at kebab shop after being told to wear a mask

A gunman pulled out a pistol when he was asked to wear a facemask in a kebab shop in South Wales (Picture: Wales News Service)

Armed police were called to a kebab shop after a customer pulled out what appeared to be a gun during a row over face masks. 

The man threatened staff with the weapon after a delivery driver asked him to put on his mask while inside the shop in Rhondda, South Wales, according to witnesses.

Police later confirmed a 57-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

Shop owner Norma Hemming, 62, said: ‘The man was arguing with the driver and then he pulled a gun out. My husband came from behind the counter then and the man was pointing the gun at him.

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‘But the man with the gun was trying to get around my husband to the driver. It was the driver he had the issue with because the driver asked him to put on a mask when he came into the shop.

‘He was saying things like he was Jesus and that Bill Gates wants us microchipped and they all want us controlled and all things like that.’

Norma said the row flared when the customer was asked to wear a face covering on Thursday night while in the Rhondda Takeaway in the village of Pentre – a part of Wales under firebreak lockdown.

The man pulled a ‘gun’ when asked to put on a face mask (Picture: Wales News Service)

‘He came in as a customer and that’s when the driver said to put a mask on – that’s when he pulled out the gun,’ she said.

‘The driver got out the back and rung the police and that’s when all the armed police came.

‘We’ve never had anything like this before. It’s all family-run except for the drivers. All of us work here, the family.

‘You hear about this stuff on the news but you never expect it to happen to you. You don’t expect anything like this.

Armed police were called to the incident and arrested a 57-year-old man (Picture: Wales News Service)

‘We’re nervous but we can’t let him win – it’s our livelihood. If asking people about a mask is going to cause something like this I’d rather not bother.’

A spokesman for South Wales Police said on Friday: ‘Shortly before 10.30pm last night officers were called to an incident at a takeaway restaurant on Gelligaled Road in Pentre, Rhondda concerning a man with a firearm.

‘Police officers, including armed officers, attended and a 57 year-old man from the Ystrad area was arrested on suspicion of possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence. He was taken to Merthyr Tydfil police station.’

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