Manchester

Radcliffe shopkeeper fends off robbers with beer cans

A shopkeeper from Greater Manchester fought off armed raiders - by hurling cans of beer at them.

Three masked men, armed with a gun, entered an off-licence in Lord Street, Radcliffe, at 1230 BST on Thursday.

They threatened the 53-year-old shopkeeper with the gun but he threw the cans at them, a Greater Manchester Police spokesman said.

The men - described as Asian, between 5ft 6in (1.7m) and 5ft 10in (1.8m) and wearing dark clothing - fled.

Det Con Peter Graham, of Greater Manchester Police, said: "What this man did was courageous - in sharp contrast to the cowardly actions of the robbers themselves.

"With no thought to his own safety he fought them off and they fled with their tails between their legs."

He appealed to anyone with information to contact police.

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