Woman's bravery praised following shop robbery
A local woman’s ‘bravery and fortitude’ has been commended by a Crown Court judge after a shop that she works in was robbed last summer.
Polly Shaw, 23, was working at the Co-operative in Avon Way when she and a female colleague were threatened by 25-year-old Luke Golding, of Portishead, who claimed to have a weapon.
The court heard how he then jumped over the counter to steal cigarettes.
Golding was soon arrested by police.
His Honour Judge Michael Longman made the comments about Ms Shaw after jailing Golding on January 7 for the incident that took place at around 6am on Sunday, June 17.
Ms Shaw was described by HHJ Longman as ‘entirely professional and selfless’ and said that 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.”
Photo: Polly Shaw with DC Mark Humphrey, CI Leanne Pook and colleagues at the Co-operative