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Man, 84, foils jewellery robbery

An 84-year-old man foiled a daylight raid on a jewellery shop in south-west London by pulling off one of the attacker's balaclavas, police said.

The "have-a-go hero" approached two men trying to smash their way through the reinforced windows of Ernest Jones in Richmond and unmasked one of them.

The incident happened at 1245 GMT on Thursday, the Metropolitan Police said.

The two suspects ran to a nearby silver-coloured car and drove off, witnesses told police.

The reason I took the action is that no-one else was doing anything about what was going on
Statement from man who foiled raid
A Met police spokesman said: "Whilst not taking anything away from the bravery shown by this individual, we would always advise people to concern themselves with their own safety before anything else."

In a statement issued via the police, the man, a retired civil servant who served with the RAF during World War II, said he did not consider his actions heroic.

"The reason I took the action is that no-one else was doing anything about what was going on. I therefore took it upon myself to intervene," said the man, who asked to remain anonymous.

Det Insp Dave Wadsworth of Richmond CID added: "These sort of robberies are frightening for anyone in the immediate vicinity.

"The robbers strike suddenly and blatantly, grabbing what they can get - then making away at speed. We want to hear from anyone who was around the area and saw anything of the incident, especially those who took pictures on their mobile phones."



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