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Award for Paisley OAP who fought off station mugger


CCTV footage of Patrick Wallace robbing Margaret Somerville, aged 81.

A pensioner who fought off a would-be mugger at a railway station has been honoured by British Transport Police.

Margaret Sommerville, 81, clung on to her handbag as she was dragged along the ground by Patrick Wallace, 32, at Paisley train station in July 2008.

She was awarded an area commander's recommendation for bravery.

Others being recognised with awards include officers and paramedics who helped rescue a man from the railway line at Kilpatrick railway station.

The honours were handed out at a special ceremony at the City Chambers in Glasgow later.

These officers and public-spirited individuals are extremely deserving of their accolades.
Ch Supt Ellie Bird
British Transport Police

Wallace was jailed five years and four months last January for attempting to rob Mrs Somerville.

She refused to let go of her bag despite being dragged along the ground, then managed to knock Wallace off the bike he was riding.

The British Transport Police officers who investigated the crime, Det Sgt Douglas Bell, Det Con David Merchant and Det Con Raymond Grimley, were also commended for their hard work and diligence.

Constables Kenneth Goodall and Paul Wilson, as well as Scottish Ambulance Service paramedics James Henderson, Peter Waugh and James McFarlane, were honoured for their part in rescuing a man from the railway line at Kilpatrick railway station in West Dunbartonshire.

Margaret Somerville
Margaret Somerville refused to let go of her handbag

There was also commendations for constables Louise Beaumont and John Paul O'Kane who performed CPR and helped resuscitate a man who became unwell at Glasgow Central station.

Thirty officers who dealt with a climate change protest at Ravenstruther coal depot in South Lanarkshire were recognised at the ceremony, and officers from British Transport Police and Tayside Police who made enquiries over a period of two years to identify a prolific graffiti vandal also received a commendation from the area commander.

Ch Supt Ellie Bird, Scottish area commander for the British Transport Police, said: "These officers and public-spirited individuals are extremely deserving of their accolades.

"The Scottish area of British Transport Police is grateful for their hard work and assistance and this ceremony is our chance to say thank you and recognise their contributions."

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