Grandmother slams burglar with gnome

April 15, 2005 at 4:33 PM
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LONDON, April 15 (UPI) -- A feisty British grandmother found a new use for a garden gnome -- she felled an early morning burglar with it.

Jean Collop, in her 70s, was awakened by the sound of an intruder on the roof of her Cornwell home.

"I grabbed the first thing that came to hand -- one of my garden gnomes -- and hurled it at him, and hit him," she told Sky News. "He lay there and I began to scream. I went back into the kitchen and found a rolling pin in case he came down. I didn't want to break another gnome."

Police arrived soon thereafter and hauled the 20-year-old intruder off to jail.

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