Tuesday 6 December 2016

Hero pensioners foil knife-wielding robber by barricading him inside shop

David Kearns

Published 05/07/2015 | 18:08

A knife-wielding robber was stopped by two pensioners when they barricaded him into the shop he was robbing.

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Ron Smith (78) and Robert Anderson (72) were walking down a street in the Greater Manchester area when they notice their local convenience store was being robbed.

Holding a trip grip on the shop’s door, the pair trapped 19-year-old thief Liam Redford inside until a group of builders came-by and held the teen until police arrived. 

Their actions - as well as the ordeal of the female shop assistant trapped inside with knife-wielding robber - were caught on the store’s CCTV cameras.

19-year-old thief Liam Redford began to panic when he realised he was trapped in the shop
19-year-old thief Liam Redford began to panic when he realised he was trapped in the shop

The panic-stricken thug begins to run around the shop when he realises he can not get out.

He tries to get out the back but that is locked and then goes back into the shop.

Eventually he throws his bag of £450 in cash and £200 worth of cigarettes back at the assistant and says: "Tell them to open the door. I just want to go you can have your money back."

Mr Redford escaped by climbing through a bedroom window above the store and onto a ledge, before jumping onto the roof of a van.  

He is then grabbed by builders who had stopped to help Mr Smith and Mr Anderson, and was arrested by a police officer who was nearby.

The teen is currently serving a two year sentence at a young offender's institute after pleading guilty to robbery.

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