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Bid to honour murdered jeweller
Marian Bates
Marian Bates died shielding her daughter
A man campaigning for a posthumous bravery award for murdered Nottinghamshire jeweller Marian Bates is taking his case to Parliament.

Ray Summers, from Ravenshead, Notts, said Mrs Bates' actions in protecting her daughter from armed robbers deserved national recognition.

Mrs Bates, 64, was shot dead in her shop in Arnold in September 2003 as she shielded daughter Xanthe from raiders.

Peter Williams, 19, will be sentenced for the murder at a later date.

Dean Betton, 24, and Craig Moran, 23, were convicted of plotting to rob Mrs Bates.

Mr Summers has now submitted his case for an award to his MP, Vernon Coaker, who will pass it on to the Department for Constitutional Affairs.

Mr Summers said: "They did say once the trial was over they would give it due consideration. It's now a case of waiting for developments.

"There can be no greater love than a parent laying down their life for a child and this is a classic example of this."


SEE ALSO:
Pair jailed after fatal shop raid
22 Mar 05 |  Nottinghamshire
Jeweller's widower attacks police
21 Mar 05 |  Nottinghamshire
Teenager guilty of Bates murder
21 Mar 05 |  Nottinghamshire
Widower's long battle for justice
21 Mar 05 |  Nottinghamshire


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