WATCH | Shopkeeper takes down armed assailant in botched robbery

Northamptonshire Police has released CCTV footage of the moment a female shopkeeper tackled a career criminal who attempted to rob her store in Corby, Northamptonshire earlier this year.

Repeat offender William Youdale, 37, pleaded guilty to attempted robbery at a hearing earlier this month at Northampton Crown Court and was sentenced to eight years in prison.


The bungled job took place on May 24 shortly after 8pm when Youdale, equipped with a metal bar, stormed into the shop in gloves and hooded dark clothing and attempted to jump over the counter towards the till.

The shopkeeper reacted quickly to clock what was happening and grabbed Youdale, tackling him to the floor and holding onto his clothing to prevent his escape.

A second member of the shop’s staff, a 19-year-old man came to his colleague’s aid as the female shopkeeper clung to the man’s trousers, pulling them down and exposing his bottom.


Northants Live reported how the shopkeeper then punched Youdale resulting in him relinquishing control of the metal bar as the attacker’s partner ran in to assist before both her and Youdale ran from the store following the botched heist.

Youdale was also sentenced for a brutal attack on another individual just ninety minutes after the attempted robbery, hitting a man around the head with the same metal bar causing multiple lacerations which required stitches.

During sentencing, Recorder Mr Michael Auty QC acknowledged the bravery of the shop’s staff, praising the 19-year-old’s bravery at “running into danger to protect his colleagues and the business”.

In addition to the eight year custodial sentence, Youdale will also be required to serve four years on licence.