Northamptonshire: Woman Pensioner Handbags Six Robbers At Jeweller’s Shop: Four Men Arrested: UPDATED

8 Feb

Four men are being held by police after a gang of crash-helmeted robbers wielding sledgehammers was put to flight by a pensioner who attacked them with a handbag.

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Video footage of the attempted robbery at a jeweller‘s in Northampton town centre showed the unlikely have-a-go-hero crossing a road and jogging briskly towards the six-strong mob as they smashed the shop’s windows.

The raiders, who had arrived at the scene on three scooters, drove away just moments after the red-coated pensioner, thought to be aged in her 70s, began lashing out at them with a large black handbag.

The footage of the robbery, broadcast on ITV’s Anglia Tonight programme, also showed other members of the public pinning down a man who had fallen from one of the scooters just yards away from the shop.

Northamptonshire Police said officers were called to the scene, on the corner of Gold Street and Bridge Street, at 9.30am on Monday after the offenders began to smash the store’s front windows using sledgehammers.

A total of 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.

“One of the offenders was detained by members of the public and the other three men were arrested by police a short time later.”

NEWS UPDATE:

A handbag heroine has apparently fought off robbers armed with sledgehammers as they attempted a smash-and-grab raid at a jewellery store.

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Video: Handbag Heroine Takes On Armed Robbers

Footage filmed by a passer-by shows six men brazenly smashing their way into the Michael Jones Jeweller in Gold Street, Northampton, at 9.30am.

As staff activate automated shutters to protect the store’s windows, the video shows a woman in a red coat running across the road towards the men, armed only with her handbag.

The footage shows her raining blows down on the armed gang with her bag, chasing them away from the shop where they attempt to make a getaway on their scooters.

But in their panic, two of the men fall off their scooter right in front of the woman who has bent down to pick up some dropped jewellery and she takes the opportunity to hit them with her bag once again.

It is at that point the heroine is joined by other members of the public, including the cameraman, who manage to restrain one of the gang members.

Police said they arrested a man who was held by the public at the scene and have since made three more arrests – the men were aged 18, 22, 25 and 39.

Three sledgehammers, including one broken in half, a pair of bolt cutters and a moped with a learner plate were left lying in the road following the bungled robbery.

A spokesman for Northamptonshire Police said: “Offenders arrived at the shop on three motorbikes and attempted to smash the windows of the shop with sledgehammers.

“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 incident.”

Police are still seeking two other people who are believed to have been involved in the incident.

Both are believed to be men and were wearing crash helmets after arriving at the scene on a motorbike.

Witnesses or anyone with information about the incident is asked to call police on 03000 111 222 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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