THIS is the moment a brave shop worker took matters into her own hands to prevent two robbers stealing from the store.
Deborah Mulley sprang into action after Ian Wilson and Thomas Brown tried to take £1,000 and a crate of lager from Premier Convenience Store in Castletown on Sunday, December 21.
The Echo reported on Saturday how the pair were tracked down following the senseless act and are now in prison after being convicted on robbery charges.
Now, CCTV footage of the incident at the Ethel Terrace shop shows how brave Deborah, 52, ran to the till where colleague Chelsea Prudhoe, 23, was being pressured into letting the robbers take cash.
Deborah rugby-tackled the pair before throwing them out of the shop.
After grabbing hold of Wilson, Deborah was warned by Brown: “If you don’t let him go, I will stab you”.
It was just instinct taking over because I saw Chelsea was in danger behind the till. The adrenalin was running and I didn’t even think about it.Deborah Mulley, shop assistant
Wilson had been carrying a screwdriver during the raid, which he said was to get access to the cupboard where he knew there was money.
The pair had already been into the shop earlier the same day.
Wilson, of Elms West, Ashbrooke, and Brown, of Dinsdale Street South, Ryhope, both Sunderland, admitted robbery in a hearing at Newcastle Crown Court.
Judge John Milford QC jailed Brown for four years and eight months with an extended licence period of two years four months.
Wilson was jailed for four years and eight months.
Recalling the incident, Deborah said: “When I saw him behind the till I just ran over and grabbed him.
“He had a bag he’d put the money in and I managed to grab one of those off him.
“After I’d done that they just walked off with a case.”
Deborah added: “It was just instinct taking over because I saw Chelsea was in danger behind the till.
“The adrenalin was running and I didn’t even think about it.”
Praising Deborah’s quick-thinking actions, manager at the shop Donna Prudhoe, who is also Chelsea’s mum, said: “What Deborah did was amazing.
“Not many people would have done it in that situation.”