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Delivery driver who fought off armed robbers honoured

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A delivery driver who fought off two armed robbers as he delivered bread to a Cumbrian shop has been honoured.

41-year-old Dale Cairnie was unloading loaves at Wigton's Co-op store, at around 4.00am on June 8, when he was approached by two masked men carrying blades.

They attempted to ambush Mr Cairnie, demanding cigarettes and then ordering him to hand over his phone and cash.

The Dumfries-born father-of-four, who now lives in Carlisle, refused the robbers demands and fought off the two drug addicts, using a metal bar he was carrying to move the loads.

They fled and were caught nearby by police after the driver had raised the alarm.

They were each jailed for six years at Carlisle Crown Court earlier this year having admitted robbery and knife possession.

Mr Cairnie was put forward for a commendation, which he received from Cumbria's High Sheriff, Alistair Wannop.

During a crown court ceremony, Judge Peter Davies said: "This award is to recognise you, Mr Cairnie, and your courage and your selfless intervention to help the police to make sure both these men were brought to justice."

Speaking afterwards, Mr Cairnie said he was "chuffed" with the commendation, but stated of the incident: "I just took it in my stride."