June 4 2014

– A stoic 84-year-old shopkeeper dispatched two armed robbers from his store – describing them as ‘a couple of rank amateurs’.
Dennis Trounce was in the back office when he heard a noise in the shop in Penarth, in the Vale of Glamorgan, Wales, just before 9pm last Sunday.
He said: ‘I came out an saw two men behind the counter trying to get into the till, without success.
‘One of them said: “Give us the money,” to which I replied, sarcastically, “Yes, of course”.
‘One of them said he had a knife and I asked to see it. He started patting his pockets to try to and find it, but couldn’t.’
In fact, Mr Trounce who has been running the Spar store for 25 years, did not realise that the robbers actually did have a knife until he saw the shop’s CCTV footage of the raid later on.
Mr Trounce, who was hit on the left arm when he refused to hand over any cash, smashing his watch and bruising his wrist, continued: ‘I could see that they were either as couple of rank amateurs, or terminally stupid.
‘I started to crowd them towards the door and noticed that one of them – the taller of the two who didn’t speak – had a pack of 200 cigarettes in his hand.
‘I continued to ease them out of the door and shut it. I realised he still had the cigarettes and so opened it again. He fell back into the shop and dropped the cigarettes. I then shut him out again.’
Mr Trounce was helped by his son, Mark, and a shop assistant.
He added: ‘I have been in this business for 25 years. They were dressed to look fearsome with masks but actually they were just a couple of kids.
‘If they are more than 19 or 20 years old I’ll be surprised. They were unimpressive specimens.
‘At first I thought they were dressed up for a fancy dress party. I was a bit startled at first, but I wasn’t too bothered.’
After ushering the raiders from the store, Mr Trounce’s son, Mark called South Wales Police, who sent three cars and the force helicopter.
Mr Trounce said: ‘The police arrived mob handed and did a good job.’
Mr Trounce joined police in a search of the area. The men are still at large. Mr Trounce later went to the police station to make a statement.
Detective Sergeant David Thomas, said: ‘This was a terrifying experience for the staff. We would like to hear from anyone who hasn’t yet spoken with officers who were in the Spar shop or in the nearby area and witnessed what happened’.
Customers have rallied round Mr Trounce, who is a popular figure in the town. Mr Trounce’s son, Mark, said: ‘I am proud of my father, but I was a bit worried because it could have gone completely the other way.
‘I was in the toilet when it started and when I came out I could see them taking a swipe at him before he bundled them out.
‘He is not the fighting type, but he certainly won’t back down. Everyone knows and likes him around here.’
He added: ‘I thought about chasing after them after he had put them outside. But unfortunately I’m not as fast as I was.’
– Sam Webb


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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