Gun no match for two fearless Tameside shop-keepers as armed robber forced to leave empty-handed

By Glen Keogh

A man was charged today after two attempted robberies in Tameside where a would-be gunman failed to scare shopkeepers and left empty-handed.

On Tuesday afternoon a man entered Stamford Square Stores in Ashton-under-Lyne, threatening the owner by showing a holster and gun nestled under his armpit.

The brave shop owner refused to hand over his till and the man left empty handed.

Now Steven James Hague, 36, of St James Court, Hattersley, has been charged with two attempted robberies and two counts of possession of an imitation firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence.

The second attempt was shortly after 11am yesterday when a man entered Godley Brook off license in Hyde and threatened the person working there with the ‘gun’.

The man again left empty handed and was arrested shortly afterwards after his description was handed to police.

Hague is due to appear at Tameside Magistrates’ Court today.        

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