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Watch: Supergran battles robber

Watch a seventy-year-old grandmother from Cumbria battle a would-be robber, before grabbing a mop to chase him off outside the shop.

Footage courtesy of Cumbria Constabulary.

Rhoda Sharkey was at work in her son's corner shop in Egremont when a man came in and demanded money.

She received a bravery award at a ceremony yesterday, along with a new mop, for her efforts in fending off the intruder, who was later jailed.

At the end of the video, you can see her reach for the mop.

The moment Rhoda Sharkey reaches for the mop Credit: Cumbria Constabulary

Mrs Mop 'very excited' about award

A seventy-year-old grandmother who fought off a would-be robber with a mop has described her excitement at receiving a bravery award for her efforts.

Rhoda Sharkey was at work in her son's corner shop in Egremont when a man demanded money.

As well as the award, the seventy-year-old was also presented with a new mop at a ceremony yesterday.


Police continue to investigate Carlisle robbery

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Police are continuing to investigate a Carlisle robbery that took place at around 3.45pm yesterday, Sunday 26 April.

Two males made off with a small amount of cash from "Foreways News, Food and Wine" on Blackwell Road.

After the incident, they were seen leaving on foot towards Beaumont Road.

They have been described as white males in their late teens to early twenties and were wearing blue coloured boiler suits and balaclavas.

No one was injured in the incident and anyone with information is asked to contact police.

Police hunt Carlisle robbers

Police are appealing for information after a robbery in Carlisle this afternoon (Sunday 26th April).

Police were called at around 3:45pm today with a report that there was a robbery at Foreways News, Food and Wine on Blackwell Road.

No one was injured during the incident.

Two people, believed to male, were seen leaving on foot towards Beaumont Road. They were wearing blue boiler suits and balaclavas.

Anyone with any information, or saw people matching the above description, are urged to call Cumbria Police on 101.

Four-year sentence for robbery

A 43-year-old man has been jailed for four years for robbing the Lound Road Garage in Kendal.

Craig John Jackson, of Aynam Road in Kendal, made off with over £400 after brandishing a knife at the cashier on January 17.

Cumbria Constabulary says it's satisfied with the sentence.

“We are pleased to see that Jackson has been jailed for his crime. He subjected the cashier to a horrendous and needless ordeal by threatening him with a knife.

"The courts have shown that this sort of behaviour will not be tolerated in this county and should be taken as a stern warning to any criminal contemplating committing such a crime."

– Detective Constable Mark Kerley


Police seek public help over knifepoint robbery

Police in Cumbria are appealing for public information as they investigate a knifepoint robbery in Kendal.

The robbery took place at the Lound Road Garage in the town on Saturday at 5pm. A staff member at the garage was threatened with a knife, and the robber made off with up to £500.

Police are looking for clothing that may have belonged to the robber, and are also asking for any witnesses to contact them.

A 43-year-old Kendal man has been arrested in connection with the robbery.

Detective Inspector Dave Stalker has appealed to people that may have information.

Police search for knifepoint robber's clothing

Police are searching for clothing as they investigate a knifepoint robbery in Kendal.

They've asked members of the public to contact them if certain items of clothing are discovered.

A 43-year-old man from Kendal has been arrested in connection with the robbery at Lound Road garage on Saturday afternoon, when a staff member was threatened with a knife

Detective Inspector Dave Stalker explains what they are looking for.

Man arrested following Kendal knifepoint robbery

A 43-year-old man from Kendal has been arrested in connection with a knifepoint robbery at the garage on Lound Road.

A male offender took off with up to £500 in cash after threatening a staff member with a knife at 5pm on Saturday 17th November. No one was injured.

The offender has been described as a white male, of medium-to-stocky build with dark blonde hair and blue eyes. He was wearing a dark Adidas top with white stripes down the sleeves, a camouflage gillet, a green balaclava with larges holes for the mouth and eyes, blue jeans and dark shoes.

Police ask people if they have seen any of these items of clothing to get in touch.

Knifepoint robbery at Kendal garage

A staff member at a garage in Kendal has been threatened and robbed at knifepoint.

It happened at around 5pm yesterday (Saturday 17 January) at the garage on Lound Road in the town.

A man entered the garage and threatened a staff member with a knife demanding cash from the till. He stole between £400 and £500. No-one was injured.

Witnesses can contact Cumbria Police by calling 101.

We are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed suspicious activity in the area at the time to get in contact. Thankfully nobody was injured during this incident and police are currently making enquiries to identify who is responsible.”

– Inspector Paul Latham, Cumbria Police
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