Five face jail after foiled by feisty gran

FIVE men whose attempt to raid a jewelry store in central England was foiled by a 71-year-old “supergran” are now facing jail.

Ann Timson became an international hero in February after taking on the gang of sledgehammer-wielding jewelry thieves in Northampton, England, with only her handbag as a weapon.

Footage filmed by a passerby showed the men brazenly smashing their way into the shop.

After staff activated automated shutters to protect the store’s windows, the video shows Ms Timson in a red coat running across the road toward the men.

The footage shows her raining blows down on the armed gang with her bag and chasing them away from the store as they attempt to make a getaway on scooters.

But in their panic, two of the men fell off their scooter right in front of Ms Timson, who was bending down to pick up some dropped jewelry but took the opportunity to hit them with her bag once again.

“My mother’s instinct kicked in and I ran across the road shouting at the lads to stop it,” she added.

“I know I put myself in danger. But I probably would do the same again,” she said at the time.

Five men charged in connection with the raid pleaded guilty yesterday to conspiracy to burgle at Northampton Crown Court, a court spokeswoman said.

The defendants from north London will all be sentenced at the same court on a date yet to be fixed.

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