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Glasgow grandmother, 63, tackles hammer-wielding thief in botched newsagent raid

Roseann Gibson, 63, managed to restrain the man as he tried to rob Browns Newsagent in Glasgow

Heroic 4ft 11in grandma, 63, tackles hammer-wielding thief in failed raid on newsstand and sits on top of him until the finish police

  • Roseann Gibson, 63, helped tackle the thief to the ground in December last year
  • The man burst into the Glasgow newsagent armed with a hammer and a knife
  • The grandmother and her nephew were able to hold him until the police arrived

A heroic grandmother helped stop an armed robber in his tracks at a local newsstand by sitting on him until the police arrived to arrest him.

Roseann Gibson, 63, was working in the Glasgow newsagent with her nephew in 2021 when a man dressed in a balaclava and armed with a claw hammer burst in and demanded staff hand over the money from the store.

Nephew Christopher Brown, 26, jumped over the counter and tackled the would-be thief to the ground as Roseann ran to help.

The grandmother unmasked the assailant and recognized him as a former customer of the store.

CCTV footage captured the moment Roseann, who is 4ft 11in, pinned the thief to the ground with Christopher and restrained him until police arrived.

Roseann Gibson, 63, managed to restrain the man as he tried to rob Browns Newsagent in Glasgow

Roseann Gibson, 63, managed to restrain the man as he tried to rob Browns Newsagent in Glasgow

CCTV footage shows the man, wearing a balaclava and armed with a claw hammer, as he enters the store and asks for the cash at the counter

CCTV footage shows the man, wearing a balaclava and armed with a claw hammer, as he enters the store and asks for the cash at the counter

Roseann and Christopher quickly threw the man to the ground and snatched the gun from him

Roseann and Christopher quickly threw the man to the ground and snatched the gun from him

The gunman was knocked to the ground by the brave staff members

The gunman was knocked to the ground by the brave staff members

Roseann (left) can be seen as she restrains the would-be thief while an elderly customer (right) holds the man's hammer while

Roseann (left) can be seen as she restrains the would-be thief while an elderly customer (right) holds the man’s hammer while ‘giving him mouth’

The grandmother was able to pin the man to the ground until the police arrived and arrested him

The grandmother was able to pin the man to the ground until the police arrived and arrested him

The assailant, George Kinnear, was later found armed with a knife when he attempted to rob Browns’ newsagent.

Kinnear, an armed forces veteran, admitted to attempting to steal and threatening violence at Glasgow Crown Court.

Roseann told the Daily Record she was shocked by the incident last December.

She said: ‘When I looked at the CCTV I was shocked. I can’t believe I did it. A lot has changed since it happened.

“Before, I would never have hesitated to stand outside the store early in the morning waiting to open, which I have done for 42 years. But now I am waiting in my car on the other side of the road.

“I’m annoyed to feel this, but I’m scared and angry. You still get dafties but this is the first time something as bad as this has happened.

“There is a panic button just behind where Christopher was standing, but his instincts took over.

Roseann said of the attack last December: “I was shocked.  I just can't believe I did it'

Roseann said of the attack last December: “I was shocked. I just can’t believe I did it’

“He said he just saw the hammer and thought of me while I was thinking of him.”

The attack happened when an elderly customer arrived at the store with a bag of gifts for Roseann’s grandson.

The client managed to take Kinnear’s claw hammer after Christopher and Roseann knocked it to the ground.

Roseann added: “I was aware of someone else coming in, but I thought it was just a normal customer.” But the next minute, I saw the newspapers being knocked over. That’s when I looked and saw the guy had a hammer.

“By then Christopher had thrown the papers away and turned it away. He came with the hammer.

“I managed to get the guy down using the side of my body, but by then Christopher had hovered over the counter to throw a plastic perspex screen.

“He took him down and we sat on him. I have to admit that even though I say we sat on top of him, it was quite difficult because he was trying to get up while we were trying to hold him back.

“I took the balaclava off him because I wanted to see his face to see if I knew him. I recognized him – not as a good customer but as someone who had been to the store before.

“We just held him back. He obviously dropped the gavel and Ms Callaghan lifted it, which you can see in the video. She visibly gave him her mouth.

“I normally never had my phone on me in the store, but I did that morning because I had priced something. Luckily I managed to hold it with me over Christopher and phoned the police.

“They were very quick to come. The police came back and told us he had a knife when they searched him. I still can’t believe this happened.

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