A post office owner nominated for an award after he protected his family and business from burglars said it was nice to be recognised for his actions.
Dayaram Nakrani, who owns the Shenley post office on London Road and lives just above it, heard noises coming from his store in the early hours of September 6.
Immediately Dayaram’s wife called 999 as he challenged them and shouted to the burglars that “police are on their way” before the thieves departed the scene.
The owner’s quick thinking and brave actions meant the intruders only managed to steal a few bottles of vodka and whisky as they were unsuccessful in accessing the cigarettes.
Following MyRadlettNews’s coverage of the incident, Dayaram was nominated for the Outstanding Bravery category of the MyLocalHero awards.
Dayaram said: “I saw the article you did on me in the magazine (in September), but when you see it, you don’t think anyone’s going to nominate you.
“So afterwards when I got the call I was surprised, it was really nice. A really nice reward.
“To find out I’ll go and attend the event was great as well. The whole thing was a surprise and it’s nice to be recognised for something like this and for my actions.”
While there have not been any other major incidents since the break-in, Dayaram, who has owned the shop for nine years, said the crime has had somewhat of an aftereffect on him and his wife.
He explained: “Afterwards, you look out for more noises, if that makes sense. You have that period where, for the first few months, when something happens like a car alarm going off, you’re straight away up and looking out the window.
“We’ve got CCTV on our phones, so if we hear any noises we’ll grab our phones and check everything. It’s sort of sub-conscious now, unfortunately.”
Dayaram will be attending the Heroes award ceremony at The Grove in Watford on March 29.