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'If only we had more heroes like Ken' - Sunderland shopkeeper praised foiling knife raider with a swift kick

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All hail 'Karate Ken' - a brave 63-year-old shop keeper who saw off an armed raider who was trying to rob his shop has been heaped with praise.

Ken Khaira has become an instant city legend after video footage captured him dealing a swift kick to a failed robber who tried to hold-up his Londis store in Silksworth.

Ken Khaira

Ken Khaira

Echo readers have been giving the respected member of the community kudos after his heroics on our Facebook page.

PJ Bald said: "If we had more HEROES like KEN - the world would be much safer! Well done!"

Pat Anne Stewart said: "Well done Ken, good on you! Hope the scum is caught!"

Janice Leach said: "Well done Ken. That’ll be the army training coming out. Glad you’re alright. "

Kelly Boardman said: "Good for you Ken. Very Brave.... don't think who ever it was expected that."

Lynsey K Cowen said: "No messing with our Ken xx"

Kim Wilkinson said: "Pleased you’re safe. He’s a gent, that man."

Evelyn Hudson said: "Well done Ken, keep safe."

Adam Arkle said: "Well done Ken. Don't take that."

Ryan Robinson said: "Ken the absolute unit."