Manchester

Shopkeeper throws cup of tea at robbers in Wythenshawe

Armed robbers ran off empty handed after a shopkeeper in a grocery store in Manchester threw a cup of tea at them.

Wielding a kitchen knife and a pin-hammer, they burst into the Superfreeze store on Hollyhedge Road in Benchill and demanded cash on Friday.

The 58-year-old threw her tea at them and they ran off.

Her colleague said: "She believed in God - that's what gave her the strength to confront them."

Both offenders are described as white men in their late teens or early 20s and were wearing hooded tops.

Her colleague added: "I spoke to her the day after it happened and she did not seem that scared at all.

'Repeatedly targeted'

"You should see the CCTV, they ran out faster than they did when they came in brandishing their weapons. It is the first time in a while we have been hit, but we often get shoplifters.

"A couple of the shops nearby are repeatedly targeted by gangs of robbers, we have so much CCTV but that does not seem to stop them."

Det Con Chris Fox said: "The shopkeeper was not injured but this was still a frightening experience for her.

"We always take attempts to rob by making threats with weapons very seriously, even if in this case nothing was taken.

"In the heat of the moment the victim tried to defend herself by throwing her cup of tea on the offenders, and luckily this managed to send them away."

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