The 16th annual Police Bravery Awards took place on the 7th July at The Savoy Hotel in London to salute Police Officers who have gone beyond the call of duty. Prime Minister David Cameron welcomed the 59 nominees to Number Ten before a glittering awards ceremony.
Gaudio Awards were again proud to supply the Jill Dando Award, which is given to a member of the public who has made a major contribution to fighting crime. This year’s recipient was seventy-one year old Ann Timson.
Ann became a national heroine after foiling a sledgehammer raid on a jewellery shop by tackling six armed raiders with her shopping bag. The gang had pulled up on scooters and began smashing their way into the jewellers in Northampton town centre. Mrs. Timson ran down the street towards the yobs despite being confronted by the revving scooters on the path. The gang tried to escape but Mrs. Timson landed several blows against one of the men on the back of a scooter. Another of the gang members threatened her with a hammer but the courageous grandmother kept hitting him and called out to raise the alarm. When the police arrived at the scene, other members of the public had apprehended one of the men who was then arrested. Five members of an organised crime gang have since pleaded guilty to the attempted robbery.
Chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, Paul McKeever said:
“Mrs Timson showed astonishing bravery and her heroic actions are very deserving of this prestigious award. Mrs Timson had tremendous courage and her instinct to intervene and stop a robbery is an inspiration to us all. She demonstrated true community spirit in wanting to help others despite potentially putting her own life at risk.”