Have-a-go post office hero gets an award

From the Slough Express:

A have-a-go hero who took on knife-wielding robbers has been commended for his actions.

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Satinder Battoo took on Lee Redmond, 24, and an accomplice who burst into Colnbrook Post Office with large kitchen knives screaming demands for money in January last year.

Redmond, of Moreland Avenue, Colnbrook, got a five-year jail sentence in June and Judge Ian Grainger commended the 47-year-old post office manager for his actions, awarding him £200 from public funds.

Charles Brims, High Sheriff of Berkshire, who presented the award at Reading Crown Court on Tuesday, praised Satinder’s ‘presence of mind and courage by which he protected his family, prevented a robbery, and provided the evidence that led to a conviction’.

Both Judge Grainger and Mr Brims were impressed with his modesty, he had not even told his parents, who run the business with their son, that he was receiving the award.

Satinder needed 12 stitches between his thumb and forefinger when he was stabbed in the hand as he prevented the robbery at the Park Street venue, but has now fully recovered and is moving on with his life.

The father-of-two said:

It was a bit of a surprise to get the award.
I would do the same again. I just hope he’s learnt from it and decided to pursue a more profitable career.

Judge Grainger said Satinder showed courage and public spirit and played a ‘crucial part’ in bringing Redmond to justice.

After telling his parents to sound the alarm, Satinder tackled Redmond in an attempt to unmask him.

He succeeded in pulling off the intruder’s balaclava before the two men ran off empty-handed.

Redmond’s DNA was found on the balaclava.

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