Pub's regulars fight off raiders
Published 18/10/2011 | 16:37
Three raiders got more than they bargained for as they were attacked and chased out of a pub by regulars.
One local launched a chair at a masked intruder during the attempted raid, caught on CCTV, at the Sylvan Pub in Timperley, south Manchester.
The trio of raiders burst into the pub, with one vaulting the bar to get the till, shortly before closing time.
But a number of regular customers were still in the pub and, along with staff, fought off the men.
Customers tried to restrain one intruder, but he broke free and the three men then fled.
As they were leaving the premises, one of the men stumbled and lost his trainer, which was left on the floor in the pub.
Police are now appealing for information about the raid, at 10.50pm on September 25.
Detective Constable Andrew Taylor, from Greater Manchester Police, said: "These would-be thieves didn't anticipate when they walked into the pub that they would be fought off by the customers who were still inside, meaning they fled empty-handed and one of the robbers also lost his shoe.
"I must commend the bravery of these people. As you can clearly see from the footage, they confronted the three men with no thought for their own safety in an attempt to detain them.
"We are determined to identify those responsible for this attempted robbery and stop them from targeting other businesses in the area."