A worker in a newsagent’s shop has been given a £150 reward by a crown court judge after she saw off an armed robber with nothing more than some colourful language.

When she was confronted by knife-wielding Jason Jackson at Town News in Barry, south Wales, Michelle Andrews calmly picked up her phone and told him: “F**k off – I’m on a direct line to the police.”

The shocked robber fled empty handed when the 47-year-old stood her ground and was later caught from CCTV images.

yobAfter sentencing him to two years behind bars this week, Judge Neil Bidder said: “A knife was being pointed at her and she had the presence of mind to pick up the phone and that led to the arrest.
“She should be given an award from public funds. It is not a lot of money but it marks the views of the court.”

Speaking after the case, Mrs Andrews said: “I wouldn’t normally swear but it did the trick.”