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Thornton newsagent Wayne Hackett chased off armed thief.A masked man brandishing a knife has attempted to rob Thornton Newsagency in broad daylight.
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When the offender entered the newsagency on Tuesday November 17, owner Wayne Hackett went straight on the defence to protect his business and the customers milling around the shop.

“There were two customers and kids outside coming home from school,” Mr Hackett said.

“I saw him put the knife up, it was probably 200 millimetres long.

“I just picked up my baseball bat, put it in the trigger position and off he went.”

The offender fled the scene within seconds of entering the building about 4pm.

One of the customers gave chase, but the offender jumped inside a waiting getaway car, which took off in a cloud of dust.

This is the third time the newsagency has been targeted by armed intruders in just 12 months.

“We were held up almost 12 months ago so since that day I have had the bat here,” Mr Hackett said.

“We are not in a shopping centre and there are plenty of ways to get away, I think that’s why they go for us.

“I might get some additional cameras after this one.”

A witness to the incident told The Mercury that hewas on his way home from the train station when he sawthe attempted robbery.

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