Shopkeeper fends off robber using lollipops

When a 15-year-old tried to rob a kiosk in Dortmund on Thursday evening things went badly wrong, despite the fact he had a gun and the shopkeeper was only armed with sweets.

Shopkeeper fends off robber using lollipops
The kiosk owner made not have had this body but he sure knew how to use a lollipop. Shutterstock

It was shortly after ten o'clock at night when the young man entered the kiosk in north-east Dortmund. He had a balaclava on and a gun in his hand.

The robber immediately demanded that the shopkeeper give him all the money in the till, report the local police.

But instead of obeying, the shopkeeper went on the counter-attack, using the only weapon he had to hand – lollipops.

The surprise attack had the desired effect. The young man ran from the shop and up the street in the company of an accomplice.

But he made a mistake. In front of the shop he pulled the balaclava up and looked back at the kiosk, giving the shopkeeper a clear sight of his face.

Thanks to the shopkeeper's detailed description, the police were able to detain two 15-year-olds on whom they found a balaclava and a gun. It is not clear whether there were any lollies still stuck to the balaclava.

The pair were subsequently arrested.

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WWII bombs in Dortmund made safe after mass evacuation

Around 14,000 people were evacuated Sunday from their homes in the German city of Dortmund after local authorities identified suspected World War II bombs in the city centre.

WWII bombs in Dortmund made safe after mass evacuation
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Officials there warning on Saturday that unexploded bombs dropped by Allied forces during the war might be buried in four sites in a heavily populated part of the city centre.

Workers had detected anomalies during construction work, they announced on the city's official Twitter.

Two unexploded bombs weighing 250 kilogrammes each, one British and the other American, were found and made safe. Searches for another two suspected bombs turned up nothing.

The precautions included the evacuation of two hospitals and the interruption of rail traffic. 

The discovery of World War II bombs is not uncommon in Germany.

Last September a 250-kilo bomb was made safe in Hanover, with 15,000 people evacuated.

And in Frankfurt, in 2017, some 65,000 people were evacuated when a 1.4 tonne bomb was found, the largest such operation since the end of the war in Europe in 1945.

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