A homeless man helped rescue £10,000 worth of valuables after they were dropped during a terrifying robbery.
Anthony Porter, 34, jumped in to help staff at the Cash Generator store in Grimsby, Lincolnshire, when they came out to confront the two axe-wielding raiders.
He was praised for handing back £10,000 worth of gold and jewellery that had been swept up from a window display and left scattered across the pavement as the robbers fled.
Mr Porter said: ‘As soon as I heard the first bang with the axe on the window I went for him and pulled off his balaclava.
I picked up the gold bracelets and other gold and passed it back to the staff, all of it. ‘I need money. But I don’t worship money. It is other people’s God, not mine. ‘I clear rubbish from the street and I have been homeless for 15 years, but I don’t take from others.
CCTV footage from the Victoria Street store shows the selfless Mr Porter briefly chase after the axeman.
His honesty was thanked by Cash Generator boss David James who rewarded him with a mobile phone and money for food.
These are my friends that were going to get whacked and covered in shards of glass,’ Mr Porter added. They are young people. They are all my friends.
But the homeless hero said he now fears reprisals from associates of the two thugs.
Mr Porter explained that his sole aim in life is to secure accommodation so he can get back to work. He used to run his own gardening business and can often be seen lending his mother’s neighbours a hand with various odd jobs.
Having a home would make my life,’ he said. ‘I can do bricklaying, plastering and gardening.’ Cash Generator boss Mr James said the show of bravery ‘does not surprise me about Anthony’, adding: ‘He is a really nice chap.
After one suspect was arrested by police, he called on members of the public to help trace his accomplice who fled the scene on a 250cc motocross or scrambler type motorcycle.
He made off down East St Mary’s Gate towards Bethlehem Street. Police are keen to hear from anyone who saw which direction the rider fled from Bethlehem Street at shortly after 9am on Wednesday, February 6. Mr James said: ‘We have to find him so they don’t do it to anyone else. We have to stop them.
At 9am on a Wednesday morning there are elderly people on the street out shopping and they could have been hurt. ‘It is frightening when there are people with an axe in the town centre.’ A Humberside Police spokesman said.
We are making enquiries to try to identify the rider who left the scene. He is a person we need to speak to.
He went down the side past McDonald’s. He was on a motocross or scrambler type motorcycle and was in dark clothing, possibly a balaclava.
We would welcome any witnesses who saw which ever direction he went in on Bethlehem Street.
Anyone who can assist in identifying the rider who fled the scene or anyone with information call Humberside Police quoting log 100 of 6/2/19.