‘At £9 an hour I’m not going to take any chances’: Asda security guard, 32, claims man he knocked out and dragged outside store ‘threatened to STAB him and kill shoppers’
An Asda security guard filmed knocking out a man at the entrance to a store says he feared the alleged attacker was reaching for a knife.
CCTV footage shows Danny Anderson, 32, knocking a man to the floor as he walks towards him in Shoeburyness, Essex.
He then drags the man out of the store by his grey hoodie and dumps him outside the supermarket.
Mr Anderson, a father-of-three, says he feared for his safety at the time of the incident because the man had allegedly made threats to him, his colleagues and to customers.
He says he was prompted into swinging his fist when he saw the man reach for his pocket.
The security guard, who earns £9-per-hour working for Asda, told MailOnline: ‘As he was walking towards me he said he was going to stab me and then he put his hand in his pocket so I punched him.
‘At that point he had already made three threats to life, including one to my colleague and another to customers.
‘I really thought he was going to stab me because he went for his pocket. I didn’t know if he had a knife. At £9-an-hour I’m not going to take any chances with my life.’
Danny Anderson, a father-of-three, said he feared for his safety at the time because the man had allegedly made threats to colleagues and customers
Shocking video has emerged of the moment a man is knocked out with a single punch by a security guard in an Asda store. As the man in grey approaches, the man wearing a black jumper unleashes a right-handed jab, catching him in the face
Instantly stunned, the man falls straight to the floor as his knees buckle underneath him
The knocked-out man is then dragged by the hoodie and thrown outside the shop
As he’s dragged away a phone that he appears to have been holding in his hand is dropped and falls on to the floor
Mr Anderson, who grew up in the town of Shoeburyness, said he had been working for Asda for the past year. He also works as a tree surgeon
‘I’ve been in security for six years and I’ve never had anything like this. I’ve been on doors and sometimes you have to get physical, but it’s just drunken people,’ he told MailOnline.
‘But it’s not every day you get someone coming at you saying they are going to stab you.’
Mr Anderson, a keen West Ham fan, also thanked those who had posted messages of support on social media.
The security guard earns £9-per-hour working for Asda and has previous experience working on the doors of nightclubs
He said: ‘I’ve seen that 99 per cent of the comments have all been really supportive and I want to thank people for that.
‘All the staff at Asda have been really supportive and so have my family. There have been a few people saying they think it was to do with racism and that’s been really hard.
‘I’m not racist at all and it had nothing to do with that. I’ve been pretty much scared to leave the house (because of the comments).’
Mr Anderson’s comments come after footage surfaced online of him punching a grey hooded man entrance to the Asda store.
Mr Anderson is seen unleashing a right-handed jab, catching the man in the face.
Instantly stunned, the man falls to the floor as his knees buckle underneath him. Mr Anderson then drags him out by his hoodie and throws him outside the shop.
Still dazed by the punch, the man struggles to stand up as he stumbles multiple times and falls on his face.
Blood can be seen in the video dripping down onto the concrete floor as the man attempts to leave the area.
A man in a blue shirt hands him his phone which he is not able to hold on to so is left next to him.
Moments later an onlooker in a black jacket then helps the man to his feet, though he still struggles to keep his balance.
The man then can be seen at the end of the footage swaying from side to side as he walks off.
Still dazed by the punch, the man struggles to stand up as he stumbles multiple times and falls on his face
Moments later an onlooker in a black jacket then helps the man to his feet, though he still struggles to keep his balance
An Asda spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘We do not tolerate violence in our stores and are investigating the incident in our Shoeburyness store as well as supporting the police fully with their enquiries.
‘As this is an ongoing police investigation we cannot provide any further comment at this time.’
An Essex Police spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘We are investigating following an incident in Shoeburyness.
‘We were called to the Asda store in North Shoebury Road to reports of a disturbance where a man in his 20s was assaulted.
‘If you have any information, you can also call us on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
‘Please quote the crime reference number 42/212023/21.’