Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Older woman wielding purse stops robbers
Hero granny fights off gang with handbag
A fearless pensioner wielding a handbag helped save a jeweller's shop from a gang of robbers
Metro.co.uk: Thanks to the extraordinary bravery of the woman -- thought to be in her 70s -- four men were arrested following the attempted robbery at a jeweller's... Video shot by an onlooker captured the sight of the unlikely have-a-go-hero crossing a road and jogging briskly towards the six-strong mob as they smashed the windows of the shop... The raiders speeded off seconds after the red-coated pensioner began lashing out at them with a large black handbag.
Encouraged by the elderly lady other members of the public piled in and pinned down a man who had fallen from one of the scooters in panic just yards away from the shop. The raiders struck at 9:30am... Four men, aged 18, 22, 25 and 39, were arrested and police are now seeking a further two other people who are believed to have been involved in the incident. A police spokesman said: 'The offenders were disturbed by members of the public and fled the area without taking anything.'... No one was injured as a result of the raid.
UPDATE, CBC: A 71-year-old British woman... said she'd do it again if she had to despite the risk of getting hurt. Ann Timson said Tuesday she was 'angry that [the men] felt they could get away with what they were doing in broad daylight. I am not a hero and it was maybe foolish of me to get involved, but somebody had to do something.'... Timson has a bit of a reputation in her town for fighting crime. Neighbours said she has taken on drug dealing and prostitution in her local housing project, and has been threatened on a number of occasions.
Image source here.