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Couple praised for tackling burglar who had knife

Peter and Lesley Scudamore challenged Justin Irvine from Halesowen who had burgled a war veteran's home in Castle Bromwich.

Lesley Scudamore collecting her bravery award from WMP Chief Constable Chris Sims and Met Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe
Lesley Scudamore collecting her bravery award from WMP Chief Constable Chris Sims and Met Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe

A Marston Green couple have picked up national bravery medals after tackling a knife-wielding burglar before helping police track down the violent thief.

Peter and Lesley Scudamore were nominated by West Midlands Police for a Police Public Bravery Medal after the pair challenged Justin Irvine from Halesowen who had burgled a war veteran’s home in Castle Bromwich.

Despite being registered disabled Peter, who walks with a stick, blocked the 34-year-old’s path and as the two fell to the floor Lesley also tried pinning him down.

Irvine managed to struggle free and left 42-year-old Lesley with a knife wound to her cheek that needed four stitches. But despite the ordeal the duo managed to give officers a detailed description of their attacker.

Irvine was soon identified after Lesley and Peter spotted a red blemish on the thief’s cheek which led to a swift arrest.

Investigating officer Solihull Police Detective Constable Chris Burt said: “They both acted bravely to protect the property of a vulnerable neighbour, a man in his 90s, and were determined the burglar wouldn’t get away with what were items of huge sentimental value.

“Undoubtedly this was a shocking incident for them and it would have been understandable had their minds gone blank when trying to provide officers with a description of their attacker.”

The couple – both former West Midlands Police Special Constables – praised the swift actions of the police.

They said: ”The professionalism shown not just by DC Chris Burt but by all the officers that turned out for the incident was second to none.”

 

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