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Homeless man plucked child to safety

PUBLISHED: 16:00 29 December 2008 | UPDATED: 23:53 21 September 2013

A HOMELESS man has today described the moment he pulled a young child to safety as an armed robber made a quick getaway through packed crowds.

Police are still appealing for witnesses to the robbery of a money box from a security van outside WH Smith in Westgate Street, Ipswich, on one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

A HOMELESS man has today described the moment he pulled a young child to safety as an armed robber made a quick getaway through packed crowds.

Police are still appealing for witnesses to the robbery of a money box from a security van outside WH Smith in Westgate Street, Ipswich, on one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

Big Issue vendor Liam Anglim was speaking to a mother who was with her child outside Clarks shoe shop where he was selling the magazine when he head a commotion a few metres away and saw a man charge towards them.

As the mother's back was facing the robber, Mr Anglim's first reaction was to grab the child to get him out of harm's way as the robber did not appear to be slowing down.

The 41-year-old, who has been selling the magazine for two years and still lives on the streets, said: “It was madness. I was talking to this lady who had a child with her and saw the van pull up.

“I heard a bit of a kerfuffle and then looked over the woman's shoulder and saw this guy running towards me with a box in his hand. He wasn't about to stop so I grabbed the child to get him out the way and he ran up the side street.

“As he passed me, the box hit my back as it was swinging around. Then I saw two store detectives running after him.

“The woman thanked me for helping her.

“You don't expect it especially because it was so busy around. They definitely took a chance. It was quite frightening.”

Mr Anglim was among the scores of people, many of whom had poured into Ipswich to complete their Christmas shopping, to witness the incident, which took place at about 4.40pm on Monday, December 22.

One of the men elbowed the guard in the face and snatched the money box before the pair fled along Providence Street and into Crown Street.

The security company, G4S Cash Services (UK), confirmed that their employee had suffered no serious injuries as a result of the attack.

The area around the store was cordoned off for an hour while scenes of crime officers scoured the scene.

Anyone with any information about the incident should contact Ipswich CID on 01473 613500.

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