Have-a-go hero uses crutch to foil armed su­per­mar­ket raiders

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A HOB­BLING hero bravely fought off armed rob­bers with his crutch as they tried to raid a su­per­mar­ket in Sal­ford.

The man was on his way home from a night out in Manch­ester city cen­tre when he stopped at the Co-op Food store on Wors­ley Road, Swin­ton, around 9.40pm on Fri­day.

He stum­bled on an at­tempted raid where two men were threat­en­ing staff with weapons.

He said: “I paid for my stuff and then, just as I was about to walk out, I heard shout­ing.

“I saw a fe­male shop as­sis­tant, who was ob­vi­ously up­set, try­ing to shield her­self from one man with a trol­ley.

“She was try­ing to keep it be­tween her­self and the man – she was ter­ri­fied.

“I had one crutch and I reached out with it and pushed the man in the chest and he went back­wards.

“Then a big­ger man ran up and we had a ver­bal ex­change.

“The smaller man came around down an­other aisle, so I swung around at him with my crutch.

“There was a stand-off and some shout­ing, then they ran out.”

The mod­est have-a-go hero said the in­ci­dent as ‘an adren­a­line rush’.

A spokesman for GMP said: “Shortly be­fore 9.40pm on Fri­day 10 Novem­ber 2017, po­lice were called to re­ports of an armed rob­bery at a con­ve­nience store on Wors­ley Road in Swin­ton.

“Two men en­tered the store armed with a knife and threat­ened staff whilst de­mand­ing money.

“The of­fend­ers fled empty-handed in the di­rec­tion of Clovelly Road. No­body was in­jured.”

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