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Police safety reminder after Supergran's 'incredible bravery'

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Police have reminded the public to call them when faced with danger after a seventy-year-old shop assistant took on a would-be robber.

Grandmother Rhoda Sharkey received a bravery award at a ceremony yesterday after fending off the intruder last November.

But while police have commended her courage, they have reminded the public to put safety first when faced with a similar situation.

Rhoda Sharkey showed great courage during the incident, and demonstrated incredible bravery when faced with a robbery.

However the safety of local people is our top priority, and I would always urge anyone who finds themselves in a potentially violent incident to put their personal safety first, and if possible withdraw from the situation and call the police on 999.”

– Chief Inspector David Gartland

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Watch: Supergran battles robber

Watch a seventy-year-old grandmother from Cumbria battle a would-be robber, before grabbing a mop to chase him off outside the shop.

Footage courtesy of Cumbria Constabulary.

Rhoda Sharkey was at work in her son's corner shop in Egremont when a man came in and demanded money.

She received a bravery award at a ceremony yesterday, along with a new mop, for her efforts in fending off the intruder, who was later jailed.

At the end of the video, you can see her reach for the mop.

The moment Rhoda Sharkey reaches for the mop Credit: Cumbria Constabulary

Mrs Mop 'very excited' about award

A seventy-year-old grandmother who fought off a would-be robber with a mop has described her excitement at receiving a bravery award for her efforts.

Rhoda Sharkey was at work in her son's corner shop in Egremont when a man demanded money.

As well as the award, the seventy-year-old was also presented with a new mop at a ceremony yesterday.

Life-saving toddler honoured at awards

Rowan dialled 999 and told the emergency operator her mummy was sleeping and wouldn't wake up Credit: ITV News Border

Four-year-old Rowan Rychel has received an award at the Lothian and Borders Police Meritorious awards in Edinburgh.

The toddler was just two-years-old when she dialled 999 after her mum, Francesca, lost consciousness and fell to the floor in September 2011.

Rowan spoke to an emergency operator and said, 'My mummy is sleeping and she won't wake up'.

Police officers arrived at their home in Innerleithen and forced their way in.

Francesca was then taken to hospital for treatment.

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Award winners have shown 'exceptional courage'

"As police officers we come across crises and emergency situations in our day-to-day business, but these awards recognise the times when officers and members of the public have shown exceptional courage beyond the call of duty.

"The criteria for winners is clear - they have been in a situation where they have taken a decision to act for the benefit of others, often risking their own lives in the process, and it is this public spirit that we are pleased to recognise in each and every one."

– David Strang, Chief Constable, Lothian and Borders Police

Lothian and Borders Police honour brave public

An awards ceremony commemorating the bravery of 35 members of the public is being held in Edinburgh.

Lothian and Borders Police are holding the event, which recognises people who have saved someone from danger or helped the police with an arrest.

The police say it is their chance to thank the people who have gone above and beyond all expectations for others.

Two-year-old Rowan Rychel from Innerleithen is among the winners after dialling 999 when her mother lost consciousness and fell to the floor.

Several people who were involved with the rescue of Katie-Lou MacLean, who fell into Eyemouth harbour in June 2012, are also being recognised.