15 Jan '11, 1am

A German granny, 90, fights off a trio of suspected robbers who tricked their way into her apartment

BERLIN - A GRANNY in Germany made short work of three suspected robbers who tricked their way into her Berlin apartment on Friday as she celebrated her 90th birthday, police said. The trio, a woman and two men, rang the doorbell of her flat in the eastern district of Hellersdorf and said they were there to attend the granny's birthday party. The pensioner, whose birthday it actually was, became suspicious however when the woman asked her for a drink of water and then tried to hold a towel in front of her face. 'She hit the con artist in the face. At the same time she pushed one of the men out the door, at which point the trio fled,' police said in a statement. 'The senior was unharmed.' A police unit responsible for such scams opened a probe. -- AFP

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