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Video: The moment a brave Irish shop owner fights off axe-wielding raiders with a step ladder

A shop assistant and store owner have been hailed as heroes after they fought off a pair of armed raiders with a step ladder.

Shocking footage has emerged showing the masked men burst into a Spar store in Ratoath, Co Meath on Wednesday afternoon.

The pair are armed with an axe and what appears to be a large knife.

One of the men jumps over the counter and demands that the worker hand over cash.

However the worker, named only as Gill, refused to open the cash register.

Footage show one of the men attempt to break open the til with the axe before the pair move down to the second cash register.

However their efforts to smash this open are thwarted when shop owner Noel Conway emerges carrying a step-ladder and chases the men out of the store.

Source Irish Independent

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