This week 60 years ago: Highbury woman, 63, ‘fights soldiers at gunpoint’
- Credit: Archant
A 63-year-old newsagent scared off two soldiers who were allegedly trying to rob her at gunpoint.
Ellen Allison was giving evidence against the two men, aged 19 and 20.
Mrs Allison, who ran the shop in Highbury Place, said the older man “asked me for the wages – he had a gun of some description in his hands”.
She continued: “He pointed it at me. He said he had come out of the army and was desperate.
“I said so was I.
You may also want to watch:
“I picked up a jar of sweets to throw at him. He got closer to me and I let out a scream for help. They ran out the shop.”
The two men were remanded in custody at Old Street Magistrates’ Court.
- 1 Islington's great beer gardens - reopening today
- 2 Can you help identify this man?
- 3 Shops, pubs and hairdressers reopen across Islington today
- 4 Toxic air, Covid, Ramadan, rehoming cats and Islamophobia
- 5 'Light at the end of the tunnel': Upper Street shoppers excited to end lockdown
- 6 Macmillan CEO thanks retiring Islington firefighter for £25,000 donation
- 7 Canonbury landlords defy pandemic to launch new pub
- 8 Bowie-inspired bar in Finsbury Park faces opposition
- 9 Shannon Courtenay crowned WBA Bantamweight World Champion
- 10 Islington mayor complains about ‘saturation’ of licenced venues in Archway