Fearless Leslie Shott, 34, confronted the hooded youth after he burst into a shop brandishing an airgun.
The yob pointed the pistol at Leslie's face but the brave welder simply grabbed the barrel, wrestled him to the ground and told him: ''How dare you point a gun at me.''
As they waited for the police the 19-year-old started sobbing and BEGGED forgiveness from shop owner Mohammed Ullah.
But, of course, this being modern Britain the bravery of this man is not matched by the good sense of our criminal justice system-
The youth has been released on police bail.
Yep, an armed robber is set free again almost immediately.