Praise from judge for a have-a-go hero pair
TWO have-a-go heroes were praised by the judge.
After sentencing the robbery gang members, Judge David Goodin praised the ‘commendable fortitude and bravery’ of the two men and of the jewellers’ staff.
Michael Graver, 71, was walking by with his wife when the raid started.
He followed a robber inside and was confronted by a man wearing a crash helmet and brandishing a sledgehammer.
Outside as the two scooters being used by the gang sped from the scene, shop worker Mark Baker, who had also seen the raid, tried to block one of the scooters but he was struck on the hand with a sledgehammer.
Mr Graver, who lives outside Bury, said on Wednesday he had got involved because the scooters narrowly missed his wife and hemmed the couple in. “If it had happened in the distance I don’t think I would have got involved, but we were surrounded by it.”
He said he felt sorry for the shop staff, who had been raided before. “I hope they’ll have a period of calm now,” he added.
Mr Baker did not wish to talk about it.
Judge Goodin awarded £500 each to Mr Graver and Mr Baker from public funds in recognition of their actions and said both will receive official commendations from the High Sheriff of Suffolk.
Trevor Salt , Thurlow Champness managing director, said: “I endorse what the judge said.”
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