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Hero Slimming World leader whacks would-be robber with chair and foils raid attempt on Manchester group

By Dean Wilkins

A fearless dieter stopped a would-be robber in his tracks by bashing him with a chair after he tried to steal money from a Slimming World class in Manchester.

The ladies’ group met at Holy Trinity Hall, Goodman Street, Harpurhey, as usual on November 19 to help eachother’s drive to lose weight – and while talking about Christmas plans three masked men burst into the room.

One of the robbers snatched the money box containing the evening’s takings and attempted to swiftly run out – but the group’s leader got up off her chair and whacked him to the floor with it.

The trio then left with nothing and police are now hunting for them.

Detective Constable Kelly Featherstone Neighbourhood Detective for North Manchester, said: “These men had the audacity to run into a meeting to try steal the clubs takings.

“They were probably not expecting the team leader to put up the fight she did, meaning that, thankfully, they were not able to get his hands on the takings.

“If anyone recognises the description, particularly any relatives or friends of the offender, please do the right thing and get in touch with us.”

The first offender is described as a slim white man about 6ft tall. He had something covering his face that was a dark colour with a light coloured stripe around the top. He wore a body warmer and a light blue coloured top underneath.

The second offender is described as about 5ft 6in tall, average to well built. He wore a gilet and balaclava covering his face.

The third offender is the smallest of the three, about 5ft 4in tall of normal build. He wore a blue gilet with a red and white knitted jumper underneath and wore a balaclava covering his face.

All three men were in their late teens to early 20s.

Anyone with information is asked to call North Manchester CID on 0161 856 3925, or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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