Grandmother clobbers robbers with bar

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Essex jewellery shop staff bend iron bars bludgeoning thieves.

A grandmother proved her metal when two men robbed Friar House Antique Jewellers in Battle High Street at 11 am on September 17.

Shop assistant Susan Jenner, 67, and 44 year old manageress Maria Swan bludgeoned the robbers with iron rods (ring sizers), in an attempt to protect the high value jewellery in the East Sussex store.

Mrs Jenner told the Mirror newspaper: "They thought we would run out screaming. Well, they were very much mistaken. We just started whacking them with the iron bars as hard as we could. Our poles are bent from having gone at them so hard."

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After smashing a number of glass displays and stealing jewellery, the battered men escaped, but two suspects were arrested shortly afterwards by police.

William Smith, 30, from Cranbook, Kent, was charged and appeared at Hastings Magistrates’ Court on Saturday, where he was remanded in custody until today. A 21-year-old man from Hawkhurst in Kent was also arrested in connection with the robbery and has been released on bail until September 26.

Chief Inspector Heather Keating, district commander, said: "I would like to commend the bravery of the shop staff and members of the public who intervened. The suspects were arrested quickly. I would also like to reassure people that crimes of this type are unusual in Battle.

"Our neighbour policing teams will be patrolling in the area to provide reassurance and I would urge anyone with information to talk to them."

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