Thursday, February 10, 2011


From CBS News:
The "super-senior" who bravely fought-off jewel thieves with her handbag has been unmasked.

She's 71-year old grandmother, Ann Timson -- and she's being called a hero by her community.

Timson was caught on video Monday beating up a gang of robbers with her bag. They were trying to break the windows of a jewelry store in Northampton, England.

She initially thought a kid was being beaten up.

"My mother's instinct kicked in and I ran across the road shouting at the lads to stop it," she said in an interview with the British newspaper The Sunys. "I was not going to stand by and watch someone take a beating, so I intervened. As I got closer, I saw it was a robbery - and then I was even more angry that they felt they could get away with that in broad daylight"

The fiesty granny was on a mission.

I understand about the mother's instinct kicking in. Perhaps I could run like a quarterback, if I thought a kid was getting hurt. And she was not deterred when one of the crooks threatened her with a hammer! I'd like to meet the courageous lady.


Lapinbizarre said...

The Dunkirk Spirit is still with us!

Grandmère Mimi said...

Indeed! Ann is a few years my junior, but not many.

Lapin, did I ever tell you that when Tom and I visited Portsmouth, we toured the harbor in a Dunkirk rescue vessel? The small boat had the official brass plaque on its side attesting to its history.

We were there during the Falklands War, so there was a good deal of Royal Navy activity in the port at the time.

Cathy said...

Go Ann Timpson!

The Mad One is from Northampton. Just sayin'.

wv - thumbant. Like Thumbelina?

Grandmère Mimi said...

Cathy, I left a comment on MP's blog asking if he knew either the lady or the crooks, but he never answered me.

Lapinbizarre said...

When I was a kid we took short seaside outings in US-made ducks that had survived D-Day. They were ideal for the long, shallow sandy beaches along England's NW coast, between Liverpool & Morecambe Bay.

Grandmère Mimi said...

Lapin, Tom knows all about the Ducks. He told me that the vehicles were fine for use as a large dune buggy, but that on the East Coast here, a Duck was used for excursions on the water, and it sank and people drowned. The boat had been modified in a way that it shouldn't have been, and it was not seaworthy.