POLICE have commended a brave member of the public for helping to thwart an armed robbery by filming the offenders with his mobile phone - but have issued a warning for others not to put themselves in harms way.
The man, who does not wish to be named, shouted to the two assailants that the police were on their way as they attempted to rob a jewellery shop in Lancashire, all the while filming the incident despite being threatened with an axe and a sledgehammer.
The two offenders pulled up outside the store on Saturday afternoon (April 11th) on a motorbike, got off and charged into the shop brandishing the sledgehammer and the axe. One of the thieves used the hammer to smash through the internal wooden door while the other used the axe to smash the security glass.
However, a member of staff who was on duty at the time managed to hold the two thieves back by barricading the door, and pushed one of the would-be thieves back through the broken security window.
A police spokesman said: “The shop worker showed incredible bravery in the face of adversity to hold these two thieves back and I would like to commend them for their actions. I would also like to thank the member of the public who was brave enough to take photos of the offenders, although we would obviously never advise people to put themselves in danger to do so in any similar situation.”
We would obviously never advise people to put themselves in danger to do so in any similar situationPolice spokesman