CCTV shows moment brave members of public tackled armed robber to the ground 25 March 2023 02:01 PM: Police have hailed the bravery of three members of the public who tackled a masked attacker during an armed robbery at a shop.

Samuel Brown's assault on a convenience store in Shoreham was captured on CCTV, as was the moment he was wrestled to the ground in a nearby garden as he tried to escape.

The 32-year-old was part of a group of masked men who targeted the shop on Halloween last year.

Samuel Brown tried to rob a till from the counter. Pic: Sussex Police
Image: …and tried to rob a till from the counter…

Dressed in a blue hooded jacket, he was seen attacking a member of staff and wrenching a till from the counter.

The worker bravely fought him off and quickly informed a relative, who pursued Brown and tackled him in a garden.

An occupant of the house came outside to assist, and the pair managed to restrain Brown despite being assaulted.

Samuel Brown is tackled to the ground in someone's garden. Pic: Sussex Police
Image: …before being tackled to the ground in someone's garden

Police arrived to arrest Brown, of Shoreham, who was charged with robbery and two counts of assault.

He has since been sentenced to 49 months in prison.

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Samuel Brown has been jailed. Pic: Sussex Police
Image: Samuel Brown has been jailed. All pics: Sussex Police

'Extremely serious offence'

Sussex Police officer Richard Emmett said the three victims had "put themselves in harms way" to detain Brown, and commended their courage.

"Robbery is an extremely serious offence which comes with serious consequences, and Brown now faces a lengthy period behind bars for his actions," he added.

A 33-year-old man from Worthing also arrested in connection with the incident was released without charge.

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