Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

I Grappled with Raider

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

I Grappled with Raider

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A tees newsagent has told a jury of the moments he grappled and rolled on the floor with an armed robber in his shop.

Barry Sewell said a man with a stick walked into his Union Street shop in Middlesbrough saying: "I want your money," at about 7am on September 6 last year.

"First I thought he was messing about," Mr Sewell told Teesside Crown Court yesterday.

He grabbed the stick and held on after the man punched him in the face, knocking off his glasses. Then he punched his hooded assailant and pushed him towards the door of the shop.

As the two struggled on the floor in the doorway, he heard the man shout, "Get the till."

He said a second hooded man then came in, stepping over the two, and grabbed the till.

The pair ran towards Manor Street, taking the pounds 600 till with about pounds 60 cash.

Mr Sewell, who the court heard has run the corner shop for more than 20 years without problems, had a black eye.

Prosecutor Shaun Dodds told the jury the police were on the scene quickly, found the till nearby and followed a "route" of copper coins into a flat. …

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