Brave Sheffield mum tackles hammer raider

Lisa Woodhead
Lisa Woodhead
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A no-nonsense mum fought off a hammer-wielding thug who tried to rob the shop where she worked - by grabbing his privates and clawing at his face.

Have-a-go heroine Lisa Woodhead grappled with the man after he burst into the e-cigarette store where she was working alone and demanded cash.

Lisa, aged 33, who returned to employment only five weeks ago after the birth of her second child, immediately swung a punch at the thug, scratched his face and grabbed him - as he brandished the hammer and kicked her in the back.

Lisa, who lives in Parson Cross, Sheffield, told The Star: “He went to hit me with the hammer so I grabbed hold of it. We had a massive struggle in the shop for about 15 minutes.

“I punched him, I grabbed his privates and I also scratched his face - so I got his DNA under my fingernails.

“He tried to push me into the toilet, and grabbed what he must have thought was my purse but was an e-cigarette case, then grabbed my chain off my neck.

“I was angry and terrified. I was wondering what was going to happen to me, if anybody was going to come and help.

“I was screaming and shouting and telling him to get off.

“What was going through my mind was, ‘Are my kids going to be without a mum, will I end up in hospital?’.”

The assault ended only when two customers, a man and a woman, walked into the shop and the man jumped into action and chased off the intruder.

Lisa, who suffered minor injuries but has vowed to return to work this week, added: “When the two people came in the shop I was on the floor and he was kicking me in the back. I shouted ‘help’ - and he ran off with his hammer in the air.

“The woman screamed because she thought he was going to assault her, and the man chased him off.

“I suppose I was brave in fighting him back but maybe it was a bit stupid. I didn’t want him to take money from the shop, whether he had a hammer or not.

“I’ve only just got back into work.”

Detectives are appealing for witnesses, or anybody with information about the robbery, to get in touch. It happened at 9.50am last Friday at the eCloud shop on Fitzwilliam Road, Eastwood, Rotherham.

Lisa added: “I’d say to anyone who can help, please come forward, because I don’t want it to happen to anybody else.

“Next time it could be somebody who can’t defend themselves.”

The intruder was wearing dark clothing and a dark hat.

Call police on 101, quoting incident number 304 of February 7.