Moment great-gran, 72, wrestles stolen £1,200 bike from 6ft thug who tried to flog it to her

The heroic moment when a tiny great-gran wrestled a £1,200 stolen bike from a 6ft thug who came into her shop trying to sell it.

Supergran Mari Parker, 72, knew the bike had been stolen having read about its theft on Facebook and refused to let the cyclist leave the store with it.

Incredible CCTV footage shows the 5ft 3in pensioner hanging on to the bike for dear life during a gruelling minute-long tug-of-war with the man outside Barnsley Antiques Centre, Barnsley, South Yorkshire.

The hooded man – who eventually fled empty-handed – can been seen violently pulling at the bike and even trying to mount it to cycle away, but his efforts were thwarted by the determined OAP.

“I think he must have watched my son leave and known I was in the shop on my own so he came back.

“He pulled me outside and we were fighting in the street.

The gran-of-eight – who works part-time in the shop – said she was “delighted” to later reunite the bike with its 13-year-old owner – who, shockingly, had it stolen from him in a broad daylight robbery.

“We do get a lot of undesirables coming in here and we have done this before,” she concluded.

GW: Good work getting the bike back to the actual owner.  A lot of similar incidents happen in Watford.  Bikes stolen on a regular basis by ”undesirables.”

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