What started as a jewelry store robbery on a busy street in broad daylight quickly turned into an arrest thanks to the bravery of Ann Timson, a 71-year-old grandmother that happened to be walking by. By bravery we don’t mean she called the police like most people would, but instead she started clobbering all six armed hooligans with her large shopping bag.
What only sounds like a scene out of the animated movie Madagascar is in reality one of the bravest actions we have ever seen or had the opportunity to write about. Timson was walking down the street minding her own business when she saw what to her appeared as a bunch of hooligans beating up an outnumbered victim:
“Three lads followed him and when I saw their arms going I thought the kid was being beaten up. My mother’s instinct kicked in and I ran across the road, shouting at the lads to stop it,” Timson said.
As she ran up to the crowd of hooligans she noticed that instead of fighting, the group was actually smashing the glass storefront of the a jewelry store with sledge hammers, trying to pocket as many valuables as they could.
“Only then did I realise that they were smashing glass and that it was a raid. There was a scooter in my path revving up but by now I was in full flight and I started whacking the lads over the head with my shopping bag… They then tried to escape. I landed several blows against one lad on the back of a bike and brought him to the ground. He raised a hammer to me so I just kept hitting out and shouting and shouting for others to help and bring them down.”
At the end of this encounter, Timson did get one of the robbers arrested as he was held down by passers-by until the police arrived. As for the rest of the criminals, they managed to flee the scene on motor scooters and haven’t been located yet.
Even though the granny’s old-school justice prevailed and she walked away unharmed, we still don’t recommend that anyone try to take on a group of armed robbers; leave that responsibility for the proper authorities.
(Story and image via Daily Mail)