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Grandma sat on hammer-wielding thief and foiled terrifying raid

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Caption: Granny foils armed robbery attempt by sitting on hammer-wielding thief

Credit: Media Scotland

A grandmother standing at just 4ft 11in toppled a hammer-wielding thief and sat on him until police cuffed him.

Roseann Gibson, 63, was working at her family’s magazine store in Glasgow, Scotland when a balaclava-clad man burst in and demanded the till money.

CCTV footage captured the moment her nephew Christopher Brown, 26, sprung into action by throwing newspapers at George Kinnear to confuse him on December 27, 2021, at Browns Newsagent.

This gave Gibson an opening to knock the would-be robber to the ground as Brown leapt over the counter to strike him on the back.

Elderly customer Callaghan helped take the 45-year-old thug’s hammer away as Gibson and Christoper wrestled with him on the floor.

Brown threw his body on top of Kinnear as Gibson helped restrain the armed man by sitting on him.

The man tried to crawl his way out of the newsagents but Gibson and Brown made sure he couldn’t escape until the police arrived.

Nearly a year on, the grandmother still can’t quite believe what she did it.

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Gibson told the Daily Record: ‘When I watched the CCTV back, I was shocked. I just can’t believe I did it. A lot of things have changed since it happened.

‘Before, I would never have thought twice about standing outside the shop early in the morning while we wait to open up which I’ve done for 42 years.

‘But now I wait in my car across the road.

‘I’m annoyed that I feel that way but I’m scared and angry. You always get dafties but this is the first time something as bad as this has happened.’

The pair had only just opened up the shop and set up the newspapers at around 7:50am when two customers came in.

One was an old woman who, Gibson recalled, ‘had a bag full of presents for my grandson’.

‘I saw her and came from behind the counter to speak to her because I’d been tidying the magazines,’ she said.

‘I was aware of somebody else coming in but thought it was just a normal customer.

Roseann Gibson who tackled a hammer-wielding thief

Roseann Gibson sat on the thief until police officers arrived (Picture: Media Scotland)

Granny foils armed robbery attempt by sitting on hammer-wielding thief

The would-be-robber had gone to the newsagents before as a customer (Picture: Media Scotland)

‘But the next minute, I saw the newspapers getting thrown over. That’s when I looked and saw the guy had a hammer.’

Gibson said she managed to tear off the man’s balaclava only to discover she knew him.

Kinnear, an armed forces veteran, had shopped at Browns before.

‘We just held him down. He obviously let go of the hammer and Mrs Callaghan lifted it which you can see in the video. She was obviously giving him mouth,’ Gibson added.

While Kinnear struggled below her, Gibson phoned the police.

Officers later found Kinnear had a knife on him.

Kinnear appeared at Glasgow Sheriff Court where he admitted attempted armed robbery, threatening violence and brandishing a hammer at Brown.

He will be sentenced later this month.

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