Girl, 11, used her loaf to scare off armed robber by throwing bread at him

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Either this knifeman has cibophobia (a fear of food) or the 11-year-old girl who thwarted his robbery channelled her inner Boris Hulk to scare him off.

The masked man pulled a knife out at a supermarket in West Sussex to threaten staff, but ran away after an 11-year-old girl started throwing bread at him.

The young girl has been praised for her actions at Express Supermarket in Worthing, but now police want to find the knifeman.

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They said that he demanded that staff empty the till but the girl spotted him and started throwing whatever she could find at him including a loaf of bread and two bottles of squash.

After one last unsuccessful attempt to grab money from the till, the raider fled empty-handed out of the shop.

Handout CCTV images dated 16/9/2019 of masked robber during a robbery at the Express Supermarket in Worthing. An 11-year-old girl scared off the armed robber by throwing bread at him with her dad. PA Photo. Issue date: Tuesday September 17, 2019. The masked robber had pulled out a knife in a supermarket in Sussex, but left empty handed after being hit by the loaf and some bottles of squash. See PA story POLICE Worthing. Photo credit should read: Sussex Police/PA WireNOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
This is the moment that the armed robber was intimidated and sent fleeing because of an 11-year-old girl (Picture: PA)

No-one was harmed, police confirmed, except the armed robbers ego.

Detective Constable Noel Simmonds said: I cannot praise enough the bravery of the father and daughter who intervened in this knifepoint attempted robbery.

There are considerable risks any time a knife is used or brandished, and whilst it is tempting to just view the spectacle of an armed robber fleeing in panic from a young girl, if the suspect is not caught he may try again, and next time someone could be seriously hurt.

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