Teenager sees off supermarket armed robber
A teenager has been hailed a hero after seeing off an armed robber at a supermarket.
James Hosgood was serving on the till at a Morrisons in Exeter when a man brandished a large kitchen knife and demanded money. But instead of handing over cash, James stepped back, raised the alarm and the robber left empty handed.
Still shocked and shaken, the 19-year-old of Silverton said he acted on instinct after fearing he would be stabbed and would do the same again.
Recalling the incident, he said: "A customer came up to the till with a box of cereal. I looked up and he was pointing a knife at me demanding money.
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"I said no and jumped back to put a bit of distance between us. He asked again raising his voice and became more aggressive.
"I tried ringing my alarm bell but it was not working. I then shouted out for my supervisor and the man then legged it."
Preparing to undertake a university course at the Exeter Academy of Music and Sound, James had been working for Morrisons at its Prince Charles Road site part-time for nearly a year.
Since the incident at around 6pm on Tuesday, he has not been back to work and is unsure how he will feel getting back behind the till.
But the modest youngster is shrugging off any talk of bravery.
"I thought I was going to get stabbed and was just doing what I could to prevent that," he said. "After he left I just stood there in shock at what happened.
"I went upstairs to go through the CCTV with my manager and then had to give a statement.
"What happened is still going over my head. It is not nice to think about.
"My bosses said I did the right thing and told me I was brave."