This week 60 years ago: Highbury woman, 63, ‘fights soldiers at gunpoint’

PUBLISHED: 11:58 20 October 2016 | UPDATED: 11:58 20 October 2016

Islington Gazette: October 19, 1956

Islington Gazette: October 19, 1956


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.

“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.

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