Sheriff's Award for two men after chasing down a robber in Gloucester
TWO men have been given the Sheriff's Award for their public spirit after chasing down a robber in Gloucester.
A court heard drunken thief Thomas George-Pain tripped over chairs in Southgate Street before he pushed Aimee Morris and stole £10 she was taking out of a cash machine.
The 24-year-old then gave Miss Morris back her bank card but not the money.
But Mark Gardner and Thomas Dolan gave chase and got back her cash back.
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At Gloucester Crown Court, Judge William Hart paid tribute to the men saying they had no need to get involved.
Giving them the award,
he said: "There were extremely public spirited actions of Mr Gardner and Mr Dolan in this case.
"Their brave actions should be reflected by a Sheriff's award.
"They had no idea what could have happened and had no reason to get involved."
They will be given £250 along with the award.
The court heard George-Pain of Pembroke Street in Gloucester pleaded guilty to the robbery, but said he could not remember anything about it.
Prosecutor Mary Cowe showed CCTV footage of the robbery on September 12 last year and said Miss Morris had not remembered being pushed during the robbery, which was clearly showed.
Judge William Hart said she was clearly shocked by the dismissive way he shoved her out of the way.
Defending Joe Maloney said: "When I showed him the CCTV he found it hard to watch and he was embarrassed and felt clear remorse.
"He clearly does regret his actions and he was as drunk as a lord.
"It was not premeditated. He had employment difficulties and had taken solace in drinking."
Judge Hart sentenced George-Pain to 34 weeks in prison, suspended for 18 months.
He ordered him to undertake supervision, a thinking skills programme and 120 hours unpaid work.
He told George-Pain: "The CCTV shows you give her a dismissive shove out the way as if it were your right to do that.
"You are still a young man with problems and I take the view it is in the interest of the public to try to reform you.
"I don't think looking you would achieve anything."