AN ARBROATH shop worker who fought off a robber who was brandishing a hypodermic syringe has been honoured for her bravery by Tayside Police.
Stacey Lynch has been awarded the Tayside Police Meritorious Conduct Certificate after an incident at RS McColls on Arbirlot Road on September 21 last year.
She was working in the shop on the afternoon of that day when a man entered the premises with the intention of carrying out a robbery.
He wanted Ms Lynch to open the till and, when she refused to do so, he took a used hypodermic syringe from his pocket, and threatened her with it, demanding that the till be opened.
Ms Lynch continued to refuse and took hold of the man’s wrist in an attempt to push the syringe away from her.
While he tried to force open the till, Ms Lynch made a 999 call to the police, providing full details of the incident and a detailed description of the culprit.
Although the man stole a quantity of tobacco and cigarettes before running out of the store, Ms Lynch was able to give police officers the direction he had taken and he was traced and detained in a nearby garden, still in possession of the stolen goods.
And due to her brave actions she was invited to a force awards ceremony at Divisional Headquarters in Forfar on Tuesday to receive her award.
A spokeswoman for the force said: “Ms Lynch displayed tremendous bravery when she found herself in a frightening situation with a volatile individual.
“She remained calm throughout and her swift actions ensured a successful outcome to the incident.”
At the awards ceremony held in Forfar on Tuesday night a further 10 awards were presented to both police officers and members of the public.
Recipients were congratulated and given their honours by Deputy Chief Constable Gordon Scobbie and Convener of Tayside Joint Police Board, Councillor Jimmy Black.
Other award winners included two officers who resuscitated a man who had been complaining of chest pains and had lost consciousness.
Another two officers received awards for rescuing a woman from what appeared to be a burning flat, in extremely poor visibility.
A woman also received a certificate for steering a runaway bus to safety after it drifted into the path of another vehicle.
The driver had got off the bus without applying the parking brake correctly and the woman, despite never having held a driving licence, brought the bus to safety.
Recipients and guests were also entertained by Constable Terry Reid who played the bagpipes as they arrived.