Shopper’s plucky bid to halt raid

Armed raid at Leonard Dews, Lytham
Armed raid at Leonard Dews, Lytham
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THIS is the dramatic moment when a plucky shopper attempted to foil an armed raid... with a chair.

As a masked thug – wielding a sledgehammer – attempted to get into his getaway car, a passer-by grabbed a chair from a nearby cafe, which he swung to try to thwart the raider’s escape.

The picture was taken by another shopper on Clifton Street in Lytham as the raiders struck at Leonard Dews jewellers.

Police still hunting for the gang who escaped with diamonds and watches.

Detectives believe they have now found a second getaway car.

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