A student has spoken of the terrifying moment she fought off a robber wielding a broken bottle.

Petite Ashley MacNicol, 19, who practices the martial art Wing Chun, punched the would-be robber in the face after he demanded her belongings in a Braintree alleyway.

College at Braintree student Miss MacNicol, who is 5ft 4, was threatened in a cut through between Bradford Street and St James’s Road, Braintree.

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