A have-a-go-hero gran sent a gang of knife-wielding thugs packing by battering them with a STICK when they burst into her shop wearing Scream masks.
Sharinder Gill, 66, picked up the wooden rod and bravely lashed out at the armed robbers during the terrifying raid on Wednesday (23/9).
The pensioner was in the store with husband Rasham, 66, when the yobs entered at around 9.45pm wearing Halloween masks and brandishing two large kitchen blades.
But despite threatening the couple with the knife and demanding cash the plucky pair managed to fight off their attackers and send them fleeing empty handed.
Sharinder, who has run the Shergill Store in Arnold, Nottingham with her husband for 26 years, said she acted on instinct when the robbers struck.
The gran-of-two added: “I was filling fridges when these three young men burst into the shop wearing masks. It was very scary but I did not have time to think.
“I just acted on instinct. I thought this is my business and this is my livelihood, and you will not take it off me.”
“So I gave them a good smack with a stick we have behind the counter. I was not going to hand over our hard-earned cash to those thugs.
“They looked quite shocked and ran away. I think I hit one of them quite hard as he limped out holding his arm. I was shaking afterwards.
“We may be getting on a bit but we are no mugs.”
Dad-of-four Rasham said: “I was behind the counter when they came in and my wife was filling one of the fridges.
“My wife saw them first but I heard them shout ‘give me your money’.
“They were wearing Scream masks and one of them had a huge knife – it was about 10 inches long.
“A second one also had a knife, which was smaller but still big.
“My wife got a stick and she hit one of them on the hand in which he was holding the knife – at that point they just backed away and I chased them off.
“Because we’re quite small we use the stick to turn the lights off as we can’t reach.
“I never thought we would have to use it as a weapon one day.”
“It was frightening to see them in the masks. When I saw them, all I kept thinking was, ‘what am I going to do now?’
“It was lucky it didn’t happen on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday, as my two granddaughters may have been here.
“They’re only three and five and they usually come round here and like to help me close up.
“It doesn’t bear thinking about if they had seen a group of men in masks come in with knives.
“I just want to make sure other shopkeepers are also aware that things like this can happen.”
“Other shopkeepers often work alone in the evenings as well, which isn’t very safe.
“Luckily, we have the CCTV, so hopefully that will help.”
Nottinghamshire Police have been studying the shocking CCTV footage of the attempted robbery and hope to talk to witnesses.
A spokesperson said: “The men fled empty-handed in the direction of a nearby alleyway.
“The three men are all believed to be in their late teens.”
Anyone with information is urged to call police on 101, quoting incident number 830 of September 23, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.