A great-grandfather in remission from cancer turned have-a-go hero to stop a thief terrorising staff and a customer at his local shop.
Former security guard and ex-miner Colin Jarrett, 75, sprang into action when drunken Neil Roebuck, 28, turned violent after staff at A1 Stores in Ferrybridge tried to stop him stealing booze.
Roebuck, who was known to staff and banned from the store, hurled cans of beer at terrified shop worker Anne Sharp, 54, and customer Christine Willoughby, 63.
Mr Jarrett, who has undergone major operations for bowel and stomach cancer, struggled with Roebuck, who punched him in the face and pelted him with cans of food.
Mr Jarrett, a great-grandfather of 16, said: “I made a dive for him and caught him around the neck.
“I put him under citizen’s arrest and told him to calm down. When I let him get up he started throwing tins of corned beef at me and one hit me in the face. He made a dive for the beer and off he went.”
The pensioner, from Ferrybridge, suffered a black eye, swollen jaw and eye socket, and his face was streaming with blood.
Mr Jarrett’s wife Pam, also 75, said: “I’m proud of what he did. I said to him ‘I married a Rambo’.”
Mr Jarrett was a miner a Yorkshire pits before becoming a security guard at industrial units across Leeds.
He said: “I didn’t give it a second’s thought. The two ladies were screaming. I couldn’t just leave him to it.”
Roebuck, of Doncaster Square, Ferrybridge, was jailed for 22 weeks when he appeared at Wakefield Magistrates’ Court.
The court heard how the fracas at the shop, on July 29, was caught on CCTV.
Rob Fones, mitigating, said: “This offence was committed to get alcohol, and prior to that he had been drinking.”
At the time of the incident, Roebuck was subject to a community order and deferred prison sentence.
That sentence was imposed after Roebuck was convicted of stealing from two supermarkets. He also broke two windows at Wakefield Town Hall on April 25.
Roebuck admitted assaulting Mr Jarrett, the theft at A1 Stores and criminal damage.
District Judge Sandra Knapton also issued him with a two-year anti-social behaviour order banning him from the shop, Wakefield city centre and from drinking alcohol in public.