A brave shop assistant took on a knife-wielding robber by producing her own blade and chasing him off. Fearless Lorraine McCalliskey, 36, turned the tables on the hooded thug who turned and fled the shop in Tiverton, Devon. CCTV footage of the dramatic incident shows the shop worker calmly reach into a draw under the till before grabbing her knife and leaping into action.
She then ran after the man as he sprinted down the road. The drama unfolded as Ms McCalliskey was preparing to close up The Mini Market at 10pm on November 8. The man walked in, covered head to toe in black with only his eyes visible and waited for the shop worker to emerge. Then, brandishing a steak knife he ordered her to open up the till.
But he became terrified when she picked up her own weapon and said: ‘Come on then, let’s have a go if you want to have a go’.
Ms McCalliskey said, ‘I always thought this would happen one day and I was thinking “this is happening now”. The shop assistant added that she debated whether to hand over the money but decided against it.
Ms McCalliskey who said the thug had a Liverpool accent said she did not think her actions were reckless and she would do the same thing again. Shop owner, Alizon Martin, praised Lorraine’s bravery.
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