Smash-and-grab thief foiled by shopkeeper

A WESTON shopkeeper became a have-a-go-hero when he confronted a man armed with a knife who stole cash from a pregnant woman. Mark Canniford, owner of Londis in High Street, acted on impulse when the woman, who had a toddler with her, had her cash stolen

A WESTON shopkeeper became a have-a-go-hero when he confronted a man armed with a knife who stole cash from a pregnant woman.Mark Canniford, owner of Londis in High Street, acted on impulse when the woman, who had a toddler with her, had her cash stolen as she waited in a queue at his shop.As the man pushed into her and snatched £30 from her hand, Mr Canniford reacted by jumping over the shop counter and grabbing the thief, who by this time had drawn a knife. The 42-year-old, a Weston town councillor, said: "When I grabbed him he pulled out a knife which was about six inches long. I backed off for obvious reasons, and he ran off down Waterloo Street. I called the police on my mobile as I was chasing him, and watched him enter the Somewhere to Go premises on the Boulevard. "The police arrived quickly and we entered the building together and quickly found the thief hiding in a cupboard with his knife."There comes a time where you have to draw the line and say enough is enough. If society keeps going the way it is with petty crime then there will come a day when members of the general public will take it into their own hands to deal with it."If we stand up to these people they would realise that their actions will not be tolerated. I wasn't going to let him get away with it.


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