Woman (66) beat knife-wielding thieves in Scream masks with stick

The woman fought back against the knife-wielding robbers
The woman fought back against the knife-wielding robbers

A 66-year-old shopkeeper said "instinct took over" when she waved a wooden stick at two raiders wearing Scream masks and carrying knives who were demanding cash.

One of the men was carrying a 10-inch knife but the pair fled Shergill Stores, in Nottinghamshire, empty handed after Sharinder Gill reached behind the counter for the weapon.

A third man stood by the door while the attempted robbery took place on Wednesday at around 9.40pm.

Mrs Gill, who has run the shop for 25 years, said: "I just thought who are they to come in here and disrupt our livelihood?

"Instinct took over… I picked up the stick and hit one of them on the hand.

"Then they just ran out. I was shaking at the time, but I just wasn't thinking about what I was doing.

"I don't know how I felt at the time, I just had to do something."

Police have said the men are believed to be aged 18 or 19 and have asked the public for their help in finding them.