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Shop worker praised for bravery following Portishead robbery

Photo: DC Mark Humphrey, Polly Shaw and CI Leanne Pook

A Crown Court judge has praised a woman for her "bravery and fortitude" when the shop she works in was robbed.

His Honour Judge Michael Longman made the comments after jailing a 25-year-old man from Portishead, for 27 months for the robbery at the Co-operative store in Avon Way.

The court heard how the man threatened 23-year-old Polly Shaw and her female colleague by claiming to have a weapon in the incident at about 6am on Sunday 17 June 2018.

He then jumped over the counter to steal cigarettes.

Police arrested the man soon afterwards.

HHJ Longman described Ms Shaw as “entirely professional and selfless”.

He said she demonstrated bravery and fortitude. 

Officer in the case DC Mark Humphrey said the prosecuting barrister had written a letter to Ms Shaw passing on the judge’s comments.

North Somerset Police Commander Chief Inspector Leanne Pook presented Ms Shaw with a copy of the letter and her own personal letter of thanks.

DC Humphrey said: “This young woman described herself as being ‘panicked’ during the incident and nervous about giving evidence in court. Her responses in the stand were confident and helped to secure this conviction. We are very grateful to her and her colleagues, family and friends should be proud of her.”

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