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