A pub landlord has told of the moment his weekly quiz was interrupted by an armed robber who tried to stab him with a hunting knife.
However, Steve Marsh, landlord of The Elwes Arms, in Great Billing, said the masked robber ended up skewering a charity collection tin with the five-inch knife, but left empty-handed after a regular threw a bar chair at him.
The botched robbery happened at the pub, in High Street, Great Billing, on Sunday, August 18, at around 10.20pm.
Mr Marsh said the weekly quiz was just finishing when the man, who was wearing a motorcycle-style balaclava, stormed into the pub and demanded he hand over money.
He said: “He had a hunting knife in his hand and he pointed the knife at me and shouted ‘money, now’. I told him in no uncertain terms that he wasn’t getting any.”
However, the man then lunged at him with the knife.
Mr Marsh, aged 58, said: “Fortunately for me there was a charity box between us and the knife went into the front of the box rather than into my stomach. One of my regular customers, who was doing the quiz about 12 feet or so away, then threw a chair, but unfortunately he was a second too quick and he got away. My heart was pounding twice the normal speed.”
A couple of the locals bravely gave chase, but the robber managed to run off.
Mr Marsh, who has been running the pub for 27 years, said: “We have never had anything like this in the pub.”