A Northland dairy owner yelled “get ready to die” as he chased away four men who tried to steal from his store.

The owner was armed with only a broom as he ran at the men – one of whom was armed with a crowbar – at the Kingsway Dairy in Hikurangi, north of Whangarei, yesterday afternoon, Radio NZ reported.

The owner, who did not want to be named, told the Herald he had no sympathy for people who tried to rob from him, and had no qualms putting his own life at risk to stop it from happening.

He said the men – three of whom have since been arrested – entered his shop while he was cleaning and “donged me on the head and pushed me”.

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