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This dramatic CCTV footage shows the moment a female shopkeeper tackled an armed robber as he tried to steal the shop's till.The worker hurled lager cans as the robber reached over the counter as Sean Munson, 25, brazenly took the money at the Lifestyle Express.
She then charged towards him and tackled him to the ground, pushing him out of the door before he threatened her with a three-inch knife, a court heard.
Munson, who has 26 previous convictions, initially told her: 'It's all right love, I'll only be a minute,' before reaching over the counter and began grabbing at the cash till.
The shop assistant replied: 'Oh no you don't,' and began throwing cans of lager from the shelves then charging towards him.
The court heard how a male customer inside the store managed to pin the defendant to the ground before Munson broke free and ran off.
The shop assistant called the police and noticed a filleting knife with a blade measuring between three and four inches left by the shop door.
The defendant, from Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, was also told how he had shattered his victims' confidence at work and left them fearing future attacks.
Munson had walked into the Lifestyle Express shop in nearby Cleethorpes at just after 3pm on July 8 wearing a black hooded top and a scarf covering his face.
A picture taken of the defendant by a passer-by helped police to identify Munson and he was arrested at 11.30pm the same day in Cleethorpes.
Jeremy Evans, prosecuting, said the defendant told police he would not have committed the crime if magistrates had decided not to grant him bail for an earlier offence.
Mr Evans read a victim impact statement made by the shop assistant of Lifestyle Express, in which she admitted the frightening incident had altered her personality.
He said: 'She said she is tired and exhausted and kept picturing the knife on the floor.
'She described herself as bubbly and outgoing but all that has changed now she is fearing something like this could happen again. She is less patient and has sleepless nights.'
Munson, wearing a grey jumper, stared straight ahead and showed little emotion as the statement was read out.
Just two days later on July 6, Munson went into Costcutter in Grimsby dressed 'like a ninja' in a dark hooded top and scarf carrying a bottle.
CCTV footage played in court showed how the defendant waited outside the shop until a customer had left, before walking in and startling the female shop assistant to such an extent that she dropped her mobile phone.
Holding the bottle by its neck, Munson told her: 'Give me the f****** money or I will glass you.'
The shop assistant ran out from behind the counter towards the staff office at the back of the store, the court heard.
Holding the office door shut, she and her colleagues could only watch on in despair as Munson ransacked the counter and took bottles of spirits, scratch cards and loose change away with him.
Mr Evans told the court that the defendant had a long history of offending, including one occasion when he cut his father's cheek with a knife after accusing him of kissing his then-partner at a family do.
In April 2008, Munson was part of a gang of youths who racially abused people at an Asian centre, Mr Evans added.
In mitigation, Craig Lowe said the defendant had been battling mental health issues and was feeling suicidal when he committed the robbery at Costcutter.
Mr Lowe said: 'Your honour has seen the CCTV footage - the less said about that the better.
'He would like to apologise for his actions. He was having difficulties with his mental health. His violence seems to be directed towards property and not individuals. It is clear he uses his time in custody productively.'
Sentencing him to five-and-a-half years in jail for pleading guilty to two robberies and possession of cannabis, Judge Simon Jack said: 'People who run small shops provide a valuable service for the public and they need to be protected.
'People who rob such shops need to be severely punished so the message gets across.'
CCTV captures the moment heroic female shopkeeper wallops armed robber with cans of lager as he tries to steal the till
Sean Munson, 25, jailed for five years for theft in the Cleethorpes shop
Shop assistant threw lager cans at him then tackled him to the ground
Munson threatened him with a three-inch knife, later found on shop floor
Court heard he had 26 previous offences and was on bail during robery
Heroic shopkeeper runs at armed robber as he tries to steal till
This dramatic CCTV footage shows the moment a heroic shopkeeper ran at an armed robber and walloped him as he tried to nick the shop's till.
CCTV captures the moment heroic female shopkeeper walloped armed robber with cans of lager as he tried to steal the till