English Civil War re-enactor disarms knife-wielding robber (twice)
The grandfather wrenched the knife from the man’s hand and then pinned him to the counter while the shopkeeper dialled 999.
During the brawl, the masked robber drew a second knife – but Mr Thompson disarmed him again before pinning him to the floor and waiting for police.
Mr Thompson is second in command of The Earl of Northampton’s Regiment of Foote in the Sealed Knot.
The group meets regularly at weekends to re-enact Civil War battles in 17th-century costume.
Mr Thompson said he used the skills he learned with the Sealed Knot to disarm the robber.
‘If it wasn’t for the re-enactment group I couldn’t have done it,’ he said.
‘It is never real when we learn how to deal with knives and swords but the movements are for real.’