Re-enactor with spear bashes bad guys

Rochdale, England pub manager and re-enactor Neil Ashton never expected to enlist his medieval skills to defend his home until two robbers climbed in a window, causing Ashton to reach for the nearest weapon, his six-foot spear.

"I do a lot of medieval re-enactments and noticed one of the spears on the floor, so I picked it up and started smashing him with it," said Ashton. The robbers fled empty-handed.

Ashton is a regular attendee of non-SCA events "based on the PC action game Maelstrom, [which] are similar to a live version of Lord of the Rings."