Have-a-go-hero put Leeds armed robber in arm lock

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A have-a-go hero who helped to tackle armed robbers as they fled a jewellers in Leeds relived the moment he tackled one of them to the ground.

James Pass was passing by Berry’s jewellery store, on Albion Street, just moments before the gang fled.



He was one of three have-a-go heroes who were captured on CCTV as they helped detain one of the criminals which led to the downfall of the rest of the gang. Estonian nationals Alar Kajurand, 44, Rainis Kilk, 26, and Tamair Uibopuu, 30, were sentenced at Leeds Crown Court after being found guilty of a robbery conspiracy in which high value watches worth almost £1m were stolen at gunpoint.


Kajurand and Kilk were both sentenced to 18 years and Uibopuu was given a 15-year term.

Mr Pass said he was alerted there was an incident at the store by his girlfriend as they walked by.

He said: “The next thing I knew there was someone coming out of the jewellers and I was aware of a man pointing and shouting and I just saw one of the robbers come towards me.

“He was getting away so I grabbed him and put him in a bearhug and pulled him down as the other man tried to grab his coat, but the robber was slipping out of his grasp. I put him in an arm lock and held him there until the police came. At the time I didn’t know if he had a gun or a knife and I thought if he is going to stab me then it is now.”

Recorder Michael Slater praised the actions of the trio who helped detain Uibopuu.