Brave Sunderland shop worker’s heroics caught on CCTV as she foiled two robbers

CCTV footage of Deborah Mulley halting Thomas Brown and Ian Wilson after the pair tried to rob Premier Convenience store in Ethel Terrace, Castletown, on December 21, 2014.
CCTV footage of Deborah Mulley halting Thomas Brown and Ian Wilson after the pair tried to rob Premier Convenience store in Ethel Terrace, Castletown, on December 21, 2014.
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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.

HAVE-A-GO HERO: Deborah Mulley, who rugby-tackled a robber at Premier Convenience Store.

HAVE-A-GO HERO: Deborah Mulley, who rugby-tackled a robber at Premier Convenience Store.

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.

TARGET: Premier Convenience Store in Ethel Terrace, Castletown.

TARGET: Premier Convenience Store in Ethel Terrace, Castletown.

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.”

IAN WILSON: Jailed for four years and eight months.

IAN WILSON: Jailed for four years and eight months.

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.”

THOMAS BROWN: Jailed for four years and eight months, with an extended licence period of two years and four months.

THOMAS BROWN: Jailed for four years and eight months, with an extended licence period of two years and four months.