A GOLCAR shop targeted by a gunman this week had been hit by robbers before.

In the latest attack shopkeeper Barry Kaye, 44, was sitting behind the counter at his off-licence on Knowl Road in Golcar when a masked intruder entered the shop at around 5pm on Monday.

He has run the Golcar store with his wife, Kathryn, for 25 years.

He said that after the gunman fled he grabbed the phone and dialled 999 and police were there in a matter of minutes.

Police later confirmed the raider had escaped on a stolen bike which was recovered near St John’s Junior School on Manor Road in Golcar.

Speaking about the impact of the incident, Mr Kaye said: “We have CCTV and the panic alarm worked well. This is the third time we have had an incident like this but the first time I personally have been in the shop at the time.

“We had an gun incident about 10 years ago and a knife about 15.

“This latest attack is an isolated incident but I don’t think the situation is ever going to get any better.

“There is a limit to how much you can do to keep any business and your staff safe.”

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “A 20-year-old man appeared in Huddersfield Magistrates’ Court charged with robbery and possessing an imitation fire arm with intent to cause fear and or violence.

“A second charge of theft of a motor vehicle has also been made and he has been remanded in custody.”