A STIFF UPPER SLIP UP; Bungling robbers foiled by gentleman OAP hero.Byline: JON KAILA; TOM PETTIFOR
A BRAVE old soldier scared off armed robbers holding up a post office - by saying: "I suggest you leave, chaps."
William Keen, 77, was heading for his daily fry-up at a caf when he heard a scream from the post office as he passed.
He investigated and came face to face with two hooded men with a gun who were demanding money from the terrified ter·ri·fy
tr.v. ter·ri·fied, ter·ri·fy·ing, ter·ri·fies
1. To fill with terror; make deeply afraid. See Synonyms at frighten.
2. To menace or threaten; intimidate. postmistress post·mis·tress
A woman who is in charge of the operations of a local post office.
Noun 1. postmistress - a woman postmaster
postmaster - the person in charge of a post office
postmistress in West Ewell, Surrey.
Ex-officer William recalled: "I said, 'Come on, lads, there's nothing for you here. I suggest you chaps leave'.
"The gun didn't really worry me because I'm ex-Army.
"I could only see their eyes but I looked directly at them, I stared them out, until they ran off."
Widower William made the postmistress a cup of tea - and then wandered off for breakfast.
He added: "The fry-up is my daily treat. Nothing - not even robbers with guns - is going to stop me having that breakfast."
Detective Sergeant Alex Maguire said: "He was very brave in challenging the two robbers."
adj. pluck·i·er, pluck·i·est
Having or showing courage and spirit in trying circumstances. See Synonyms at brave.