Hero gran, 82, fights off shop robber by bashing him with her walking stick

Hero gran, 82, fights off shop robber by bashing him with her walking stick

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A FEISTY 82-year-old shopkeeper fought off a robber — by whacking him with her walking stick.

June Turner was behind the till when the thug burst in hiding his face under a blanket.

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Its a case of take thwack as 82-year-old shopkeeper June bashes the cowering bandit with her walking stick[/caption]

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The thug, with his face covered by a blanket, has previously entered the shop and demanded money from June[/caption]

But the grandma of three saw him off by repeatedly hitting him with her walking stick.

She was knocked to the ground and left with a black eye before the robber fled with just £50 and six packets of cigarettes.

June, who uses the stick after breaking her hip three years ago, said: “I went hell for leather on him.

‘YOU’RE NOT HAVING MY MONEY’

“I think he was quite shocked. He wasn’t expecting that. I bet he thought, ‘She’s getting on a bit’.”

The robbery was caught on CCTV at AJ and J Newsagents in Hanley, Staffs. June, who has worked there for 45 years,  said: “He came up to the counter and said, ‘I want your money’ but I said, ‘You’re not having my money’. He came round the back of the counter and got some money from the till.

“I couldn’t find the panic button so I got my stick and I really belted him with it.

“It was just  instinct to try to stop him and give him a good whack.

“He pushed me to the floor and I was worried in case I  broke my hip as I had a replacement a few years ago and I didn’t want to go through that again. And then he rushed out like the clappers.”


June was stuck on the floor until a regular customer came in and called police and paramedics.

A metal bar, which the robber might have dropped, was later recovered but June was back serving customers within half an hour.

She said: “If it happened again I’d react the same but with something heavier.”

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Grandma June repeatedly crashed her stick down on the thug, telling him he wasn’t getting her money[/caption]

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June, who uses the stick after breaking her hip three years ago, said: ‘I went hell for leather on him’[/caption]

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The fleeing thug left June stuck on the floor until a regular customer came in and called police and paramedics[/caption]

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Brave June back on duty at the shop with her trusty stick[/caption]


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