|Street Cleaner Tackles Knife Wielding Mugger|
Council cleaner is praised & nominated for award by police
Paul Davis could be awarded with a police commendation after his “outstanding actions” led to the arrest of the mugger just moments after the knife point robbery.
Sgt Matt Snowden of the East Hill and West Hill safer neighbourhood team said:
Mr Davis, who is employed by the council’s street cleaning contractor Fountains Plc, was in Carlton Drive in Putney when he saw the robber threaten his victim with a ten inch knife. Alerted by shouts and screams, Mr Davis saw the robber holding the blade to the victim’s throat before making off with his coat and a large quantity of cash.
The 43-year-old street cleaner chased the robber through a nearby set of flats, where the knife and the coat were dumped, before catching him just outside East Putney tube station. He managed to detain him for a few moments until police officers arrived.
Once the mugger was in custody, Mr Davis was able to retrace his footsteps and led the officers to the abandoned knife and coat – vitally important pieces of evidence. Police were also able to hand back the stolen money to the victim.
Later he said:
“To be honest I didn’t really think about it – I just reacted and when the guy ran off I just kept on chasing him. I was determined not to let him get away and luckily I managed to catch him quite quickly. All I did then was grab hold of him until the police arrived.
The council’s deputy leader and environment spokesman Jonathan Cook said: