New CCTV shows brave restaurant staff running to help Amir Khan during robbery at gunpoint
Footage has emerged showing how restaurant staff rushed to the aid of Amir Khan moments after he left the venue to be robbed at gunpoint for his £72,000 watch bespoke gem encrusted.
Staff at Sahara Grill in Leyton, east London, ran to help the Bolton boxer when they realized he was in trouble. Thieves have snatched Khan’s Franck Muller watch – the Met Police are hunting the perpetrators but fear it is being offered for sale on the black market at a discounted price.
Following the April 18 attack, Amir, 35, and his wife Faryal Makhdoom, 30, fled and got into a waiting car. In CCTV footage shared by the couple, Amir can be seen crossing the road with his wife a few steps behind just before the raid.
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As he reaches the other side, footage shows a group of thieves running towards him and pointing a gun at him, forcing him to put on his expensive watch. Wife Faryal is seen backing up before crossing to the other side of the road.
Speaking to ITV’s Good Morning Britain afterwards, Amir said he felt “unsafe” in London because it was “very dangerous”. The owner of Sahara Grill has now shared what happened minutes before the incident and admitted that his staff are always vigilant as such incidents often happen.
Speaking to MyLondon, restaurant co-owner Tahir Razzaq said: “In the last two minutes leading up to Amir Khan was in our store and as he was about to leave our staff took pictures with him, selfies too. They did it when he was about to go out so that no one came near him during the meal.
“Then when he was leaving people approached him for more pictures and a few minutes later as they were walking out one of the staff was looking out the window to see people approaching him and thought maybe it was for a selfie, then they realized people had pulled out a gun.
“My staff alerted senior management and they all ran out of the store to help, as everyone ran the other way our staff ran towards him. As the staff ran to the other side from the road, the thieves had already run to a standstill.
“It was over in seconds, so fast – only our staff ran to him. My senior staff, Monnar Myint, reassured Amir at the time but all of our staff were upset, they are big fans of Amir first venue .
“Staff aren’t really trained in these situations, but at Leyton we’ve had a lot of problems in the past. It’s cleaned up now, but our staff will still go out and help customers, even if it’s nothing to see with them, they would. will always help.”
Khan, the former WBA and IBF welterweight champion and Olympic silver medalist, has slammed London Mayor Sadiq Khan for failing to tackle crime in the capital, urging him to ” pull his finger”. Amir said he was so traumatized by the incident that plans for him and his wife to move to London were cancelled.
Later, Detective Constable Ben Grix, of the Met’s North East Command Burglary and Theft Squad, said: ‘I’m posting an image of the stolen watch today which is a Franck Muller watch of great value valued at around £70,000.
“This is a unique custom design and will be easily recognized by anyone it is offered for sale to. If you, or someone you know, is offered the watch at a discounted price, please let us know. contact immediately.”
He added: ‘If you were driving in the vicinity of High Road, Leyton at the time of the offense and you have a dash cam, please check your footage for anything that may help our investigation.
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