Shakespeare tackled a trio of masked raiders on Wednesday (07.09.16).
The three men struck a jewellery shop in the Bard's birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, at around 11am and were set upon by the famous poet himself.
Street performer John Jarvis, 62, dressed in Shakespeare's familiar hat and attire spooked the gang of men and managed to force one of them to the floor before he got away.
He swung his garlanded walking stick at another's legs as they dashed down the alley and the two men, aged 19 and 28, have been arrested on suspicion of robbery.
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