Give that man a DB

I am sure there was a movie about idiots like this:

A gun-toting thug picked the wrong couple to pull a pistol on at the Hamilton Gardens yesterday.

Instead of pocketing one or two wallets from frightened tourists, the 19-year-old found himself disarmed and pinned against the tarseal.

The attempted mugging is the latest in a string of incidents in or near the city’s prime tourist attraction, casting further doubt on the area’s safety.

Chartwell man Ian Morgan, 69, witnessed the incident and stepped in to help.

He runs a sober driving service and was waiting to pick up clients near the gate one barrier about 1am when he saw a couple walk past. 

They had been at a charity auction to help send police dog handler and armed offenders squad member Blair Spalding to Germany for specialist neurosurgery to remove a brain tumour.

Mr Morgan noticed another figure on the couple’s tail.

The situation escalated at the road barrier when the balaclava-clad man pulled out a gun, Mr Morgan said.

“Some discussion went on and next minute I see the man push the gun away and slam the guy on the ground. The guy made a bit of a mistake because the man he confronted was an off-duty policeman.

“The policeman had him on the ground, and I went along and helped to restrain him. When we realised there was a gun involved, we weren’t that keen on letting him up again.”

The offender remained pinned to the road until police arrived and arrested him.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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