Well done for act of bravery

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IT takes a certain type of courage to decide to grapple with a masked robber, whom you believe to be armed with a gun, to protect your livelihood.

Some would say madness, others foolhardy.

But in the case of shopkeeper Richard Wilkinson it is downright bravery.

For the second time in six months a man purporting to be carrying a gun walked into his shop in Sharrow and demanded he emptied his till.

Mr Wilkinson would have none of it.

He decided to fight back.

And it was worthwhile - for unbenown to him the so-called gun was little more than a harmless water pistol.

At the time a woman and her child were in the shop, seen in our dramatic pictures captured on CCTV cowering as the raid took place.

That illustrates just how realistic the attempted robbery was.

Police will advise members of the public confronted with these sorts of situations not to try to resist.

But full credit to those who do and survive to tell the tale.

The most rewarding thing for Mr Wilkinson is not only that his takings for which he works so hard remained intact, but the rapid police response unit sent out to find the culprit made an arrest and brought the man to justice.

Well done all round.

Good reasons to eat yourself fitter

FOOD, glorious food...

For sure, it will be the death of most of us.

Fat is a killer, but even if you’re the modern-day Jack Sprat, you probably don’t realise you’re savouring it every time you dine out.

Top chefs add it to scores of dishes; it makes them look and taste better.

But after realising rich food was ruining their own health, Sheffield City College chefs John Janiszewski and Mick Burke invented their own fat-free recipes.

Now they’re teaching amateurs the art on a cookery course at the college.

It’s a great lesson to learn and well worth a try, because it’s all done in the best possible taste.

Bottle top myth

NEVER mind that the figures are astounding and the rewards meagre.

Ignore the fact that few people check whether they are wasting their time.

Thousands of people collect plastic milk bottle tops believing, on no evidence, they will help buy a wheelchair for a disabled child.

Tops are worth something, but not much: 325,000, or 200 bin bags full, might raise £100.

What emerges is the goodwill and compassion of South Yorkshire people.

That has never been in doubt and might be what Prime Minister David Cameron means with his Big Society plan for charities to cover for the public sector.