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Supergran mops up bravery award

A Cumbrian grandmother who fought off a would-be robber with a mop has been given a bravery award.

Seventy-year-old Rhoda Sharkey was at work in her son's corner shop in Egremont when a man demanded money before fleeing empty-handed.

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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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