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Pensioner Sees Of Young Accrington Robber With Bottle Of Wine

by | 20th, November 2011

DEREK Greenwood, 73, saw off Kieran Devlin, 27. The younger man was armed with a knife when he raided the Texaco petrol station on Dill Hall Lane, Church, Lancashire. At Burnley Crown Court, Devlin, from Accrington, Lancashire, is jailed for five years.

Says Mr Greenwood in the Blackburn Citizen:

“I just acted out of instinct – anyone who was working there would have done the same really. You can’t just walk away when something like this happens.”

Devlin made off with £130. But when Greenwood grabbed a bottle of red wine and used it to confront Devlin, the villain panicked and dropped a bag. Police found his fingerprints on it, and justice took its course.

Over in the Daily Mail the story is a little different. Burnley Crown Court becomes Preston Crown Court and we get this line:

An elderly grandfather has been hailed a hero after fighting off a knife wielding robber at the petrol station where he worked armed only with a bottle of wine.

I read that and thought a bottle of wine was the least defence you’d need to work at a late-night garage. By the end of a shift, I’d been on the Pernod and pineapple juice…

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