Bravery Recognised after Man Tackles Would-Be Robber

A man who bravely confronted and detained a would-be robber has been honoured with a Brave Citizens Award by Cleveland Police’s Chief Constable.

Ian Dryden Mr Ian Dryden was shopping with his 8-year-old son at the Parkway Centre in Coulby Newham when in the car park, an elderly woman who was unloading her shopping was approached by a man on a bike who suddenly snatched her handbag.

With no thought for his own safety, Ian ran after the suspect as he tried to flee. He was able to successfully grab hold of the suspect and pull him from the bike, detaining him on the floor until police officers arrived and made the arrest.

The handbag was returned to the victim and the suspect was identified as a prolific offender with 28 previous convictions.

The suspect had callously targeted the elderly, vulnerable woman. CCTV of the incident showed that he had bypassed other members of the public to target her.

Mr Dryden said: “I was very honoured to receive this award, although it was more important that the vulnerable lady was safe and her handbag recovered.”

Mr Dryden was presented with a Chief Constable’s Bravery Award by Chief Constable Mike Veale at the Riverside Stadium on Friday 16th November.


*** Photo (L-R) shows: Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger, Ian Dryden and Chief Constable Mike Veale ***