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'Terrifying' raid reconstructed
Crimewatch reconstruction
The reconstruction was filmed at the pub at the start of December
Armed raiders who robbed a pub and shot its owner in the leg are at the centre of a BBC Crimewatch reconstruction.

Three masked men burst into the Lord Stanley pub in Upton Park, Plaistow, east London, late on Bonfire Night.

They forced the seven customers into the cellar and demanded pub owner Terry Beyer hand over the safe, before shooting him in the thigh.

Mr Beyer said it was a "terrifying experience" and hoped the appeal, now on Thursday, will help catch the men.

The programme was scheduled for Wednesday, but moved to Thursday to make way for a programme about the Soham murders.

Three gunmen burst into the pub at 2330 GMT on 5 November and ordered everyone to lie down before demanding money.

Pub owner Mr Beyer was taken upstairs and told to hand over money from the safe.

I thought I was a goner and that they would shoot me again
Terry Beyer
But they demanded more and shot him in the thigh before ransacking the till and marching the customers down to the cellar.

One got out and called police but the robbers escaped with 4,100.

One of the pub's customers was a paramedic who tended to Mr Beyer's wounds before the ambulance crew arrived.

The 48-year-old spent two weeks in hospital, having two operations to repair his right femur, which was shattered, and remove the fragmented bullet.

He now has a metal pin in his leg and still cannot walk properly.

Crimewatch reconstruction
Mr Beyer had to have two operations to repair his leg
"I didn't expect to be shot. I was telling them to take all the money. I can only think they weren't happy with what they got," said Mr Beyer.

"I thought I was a goner and that they would shoot me again. I've never felt so much pain in all my life."

The three men were described as black and wearing ski masks and gloves.

They may have had help from a fourth man, who was seen drinking in the pub shortly before the raid, but left soon afterwards.

Two men were also seen in the road outside the pub and Detective Constable Gary Waplington, from the Flying Squad, said he was anxious to trace them.

He added: "I do believe the suspects are local and they are clearly dangerous."


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