A brave husband and wife team fought off a pair of would-be-robbers with a curry paddle after they jumped a counter in an attempt to steal the till from their chip shop.
The robbers struck when the owners of Olympic Fish Bar in Olympic Way, Wellingborough, were cleaning up for the night.
Ray Critchlow, 56, and his wife Kam Fung Tsang beat off the two masked men with a curry paddle they have nicknamed ‘Woody’ after the pair burst into their shop, one of them threatening to stab Mr Critchlow.
Mr Critchlow was punched in the face during the attack, but managed to stop the robbers from taking the till.
He said: “I was behind the counter, about to start cleaning up for the night when my wife started to scream.
“They just came running in with masks on. They jumped over the counter and my wife just charged at them, screaming.
“The first thing that came to hand was a curry paddle, which is a big wooden spoon, and just hit him with it.”
Mr Critchlow then managed to loosen a face covering of one of the robbers and recognised him as a regular customer.
“I told him I knew him and carried on hitting him to stop him stealing the till.
“He tried to fight back but I just hit him again with the paddle.
“He said he had a knife and I’m going to stick it in you. He moved towards me so I hit him again.”
During the attack, Mr Critchlow’s wife was trying to fend off the other robber.
“She was trying her best. She’s quite small but she’s a feisty little woman and a good cook.”
The robbers jumped back over the counter and ran off.”
It is not the first time the couple, who have run Olympic Fish Bar for seven years, have foiled a robbery. In 2008 they stopped two men with knives from breaking into the premises.
Police have now released a description of the men and are appealing for witnesses to the incident, which happened on Tuesday, February 11, between 9pm and 9.35pm.
One of the offenders is described as black, about 6ft, with a slim build. He wore gloves and had a local accent.
The second was white, 5ft 8in, with a slim build and was in his teens.
Witnesses said he wore black trousers, a black jacket with a white zip and had socks covering his hands.
Anyone with information should contact Northamptonshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.