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HAVE?A?GO HAIROES! Hairdressers battle with till robbers.

HAIRDRESSER bravely tackled two robbers after they brazenly walked into her salon and grabbed a till from the counter.

Teresa Senior, the owner of Hollywood's Hair and Beauty salon in Stoke, Coventry, ended up in a tug-of-war with the two men as they tried to escape with the till.

And quick-thinking staff member Nicola Boshell, 24, gave chase when the men managed to get away. Speaking yesterday, Teresa branded the robbers "the dumbest criminals on the planet" after they walked into her shop in the middle of the day in front of shocked staff and customers.

The robbers - Dermot Duddy, 37, of Nauls Mill House, Middleborough Road, Radford, and Lee Scallan, 45, of no fixed address -have now been caught and sentenced after both admitting the robbery. They claimed they were both drunk at the time of the raid. Teresa, 36, had been busy dyeing a customer's hair when the pair entered her salon in Avon street at 1.40pm on July 14 last year. She said: "They must be the dumbest criminals on the planet. "They walked past the window and could see the salon was full but they still came in. "They didn't even have balaclavas on. I had my back to them when they waltzed in. I was actually dyeing a lady's hair at time and had red dye on my hands when I heard one of the men say 'I'm going to take your till'. "I said 'oh no you're not' as he moved my mug from the counter and yanked the till out of the socket. "I grabbed the plug to pull the till from them and held the door shut with my free hand. "There was a tug of war and one of the men kept saying 'let go, let go'. The other didn't say a word."

Staff member Nicola ran after the men as they escaped from the salon and was helped by two men from a local garage, who joined the pursuit. She said: "I didn't even think. I ran out after them at first to see where they were going to tell the police. Luckily my boyfriend was working in a garage not far away and I quickly went in to get help." Unfortunately they lost the pair and later found the till dumped in an alleyway in nearby North Street. It was missing pounds 75. But police found the culprits in the local area and they appeared in Coventry Crown Court to be sentenced on Friday. Scallan was sentenced to 12 months in prison while Duddy was given a 40-week jail sentence suspended for two years.

dTeresa, who has had to move her salon to a shop in Bray's Lane, Stoke, because of the incident, said: "I thought it was funny looking back until two weeks after the robbery when a customer came through the door loudly and I froze. "I realised then that it had affected me more than I realised. I didn't feel safe in that shop any more." One member of staff was so traumatised by the incident she left the salon a week later.

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CUT AND RUN BID: Teresa Senior, left, and Nicola Boshell who took on raiders who grabbed their till
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Feb 22, 2012
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