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Villagers thwart robbery attempt
Shann Rodgers and Holly
Shann Rodgers and Holly chased the robber out of the post office
People in a Cornish village have been thanked by police after a postmistress and her dog scared off a would-be robber and other locals caught him.

Shann Rodgers, from Goldsithney, near Penzance, and cross-breed dog Holly frightened the man away after he threatened Ms Rodgers with a knife.

Other villagers then carried out a citizen's arrest after catching the would-be robber, Dominic Ryan Edwards.

Edwards, 22, of no fixed address, was jailed for attempted robbery.

She came flying
Shann Rodgers on her dog's reaction

Shann Rodgers, 49, said she was suspicious of Edwards as soon as he entered the shop.

She said: "He came up to the counter, but I felt uncomfortable, so I stepped back.

"He pulled out a knife and said, 'I'm not joking', to which I said 'Neither am I', and called Holly."

The five-year-old dog then "came flying", causing Edwards to flee from the post office.

He ran off, followed by Ms Rodgers and Holly, before other locals gave chase.

Steve Kusnarz and Dean Cheshire caught up with him and detained him.

Guilty plea

Dean Cheshire said: "We frog-marched him back down the road, and waited for the police.

"It was scary at the time. But you just react, I suppose."

Dc Colin Paul of Devon and Cornwall Police said the force "wouldn't normally recommend that members of the public tackle offenders who have got weapons".

However, he added: "But in this case we're very grateful for the action of the two men who chased Edwards outside and in detaining him until the police arrived."

Edwards was jailed for two-and-a-half years on Wednesday after admitting attempted robbery at Truro Crown Court.

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