02/09/2011 02:48 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

British Grandma Thwarts Jewelry Store Robbery With Purse (VIDEO)

A valiant British grandmother rushed into action and helped foil a jewelry store robbery in England, CBS is reporting.

When a woman in Northampton spotted a gang of thieves preparing to smash a shop window, she rushed up to the sledgehammer-wielding group without hesitation and began to slug the men with her purse.

Newly-released footage makes the elderly woman's act seem even more courageous given the fact that others on the street had clearly witnessed the incident, yet made no attempt to intervene.

Watch video of the brave grandmother here: