Hero shopkeeper uses rolled up copy of The Sun to send robbers armed with machete and a hammer packing


A HERO shopworker proves The Sun is the newspaper with clout — as he uses it to see off two armed robbers.

Bruce Sharma, 58, was reading it behind the counter when the hooded pair stormed in demanding cash.

The two robbers demand cash from shopkeeper Bruce Sharma at his store in Derbyshire
The fearless shopworker lifted the counter and grabbed a copy of The Sun and used it to send the two thugs packing
Bruce even sprinted after the yobs who fled the store empty-handed

One was wielding a machete, the other a hammer. So Bruce rolled up the paper and tried to thump them with it. CCTV then shows the shopkeeper lifting the hatch to fearlessly chase the pair out.

Bruce said yesterday: “When it’s quiet I always read The Sun.

“They burst in and said, ‘Give us money from the till’. My first thought was to defend myself. Instinct took over and I tried to whack them with the paper. I can’t quite believe I did it.”

Ram Stores owner Mahmood Rahemtulla, 59, said: “He’s a big Sun fan and is grateful for having it with him. He’s brave, trustworthy and a great guy.”

Police are investigating the raid in Long Eaton, ­Derbyshire.


A SUN newsagent swatted away a robber’s gun pointed at his head and locked his till — sending the thug fleeing.

Jonathan Dunkin, 68, was left with no sense of fear­ following a childhood stroke.

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The raider approached the till with a can of energy drink and suddenly pulls a gun out[/caption]

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Instantly the shopkeeper’s hand goes up and he shoves the gun out of his face[/caption]

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Hero Jonathan Dunkin, 68, was left without a sense of fear after a childhood stroke[/caption]

The grandad of five said: “His gun was an inch from my face. I pushed it away and it felt like plastic.

“I got the phone to call police. He pulled the trigger, but nothing happened and he fled.”

Scott Cotier, 22, of no fixed address, admitted a robbery bid and having an imitation gun at the shop in Clacton, Essex.

Sentence at Chelmsford crown court today.


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