An axe-wielding robber met his match and fled after a shopkeeper threw a box of chocolate bars at him. Newsagent Praful Patel, who runs Town Street Stores in Pinxton, Derbyshire, threw the box of Topic bars he was holding while filling shelves.
The shocked robber, who
had demanded cash from
the till, made his escape empty-handed.

Two masked robbers threatened a Sheffield shopkeeper with a handgun and escaped with cash
from the till. The pair targeted the Wincobank Late Shopper and made off with the takings on foot.
A 34-year-old male customer was also threatened and pushed against the counter in the attack.

A sub post office based at a Hertfordshire Costcutter store was forced to close amid security fears. The alert at the Borehamwood branch was sparked after a set of keys were stolen from a company van. Managers said they had no option but to shut the branch.
A team of locksmiths changed the locks and normal service at the store has now resumed.

Police are hunting for a gang that broke into a Basingstoke store in the
early hours and forced open the shop's ATM.
The raiders targeted the Somerfield store in Winklebury Way and escaped with an undisclosed sum
of cash from the standalone machine.
CCTV footage is being studied as part of the police investigation.

Two men have been arrested by police investigating a vicious knife robbery at the Late Shop in Hartshill, Stoke.
Staff were forced to lie face down on the floor as the robbers emptied the till and escaped with takings.