Hero Brian receives award for bravery
PUBLISHED: 11:18 27 June 2007 | UPDATED: 12:35 04 May 2010
SECURITY guard Brian Dimock - who was stabbed five times as he fought off armed robbers - has received a top honour. Littleport grandad Brian, 62, fought back when three men, armed with guns and a knife, threatened him as he delivered £32,000 in cash to a
SECURITY guard Brian Dimock - who was stabbed five times as he fought off armed robbers - has received a top honour.
Littleport grandad Brian, 62, fought back when three men, armed with guns and a knife, threatened him as he delivered £32,000 in cash to a garage.
Despite being punched, kicked and repeatedly stabbed in the leg he managed to pull of the balaclava from one of the men and foiled the robbery.
It was the fourth time Brian, who works for security firm Securicor, had been attacked that year.
Now he has received a silver medal in the Provincial Police Awards for his bravery.
Brian, of City Road, travelled to the Association of Chief Police Officers' summer conference to receive the award.
"It's nice to know that what I did was appreciated," said Brian. "I suppose it's a bit of vanity really but it's something to tell the grandchildren."
Brian was delivering cash to the Shell garage in Fenstanton in September 2005 when three men burst into the pod behind the ATM machine.
They threatened him, ordering him to get down on the floor warning that he would be shot.
But Brian fought back, managing to knock one of the guns out of the robber's hand and pulled a balaclava from one of the men.
The robbers fled but the balaclava contained vital DNA evidence which led police to 32-year-old Lee Parry, who was out of prison on licence at the time.
Now Parry is serving an eight year jail term for armed robbery but may not have been brought to justice without Brian's actions.
"I was just doing my job," said Brian. "I suppose it was a fairly stupid thing to do but I turned round and there was a gun in my face and I was ordered to lay down and play dead.
"I don't like bullies. I hate people who try to walk over other people.
"They walk in and terrorise people and get away with more money in five minutes than they could earn in five years. Someone has got to stand up and say 'no' otherwise we will be living in a world where it is survival of the fittest.
"My daughter is against the award because she thinks it encourages me. If you think about it it was a silly thing to do. But it's the way I have been brought up."
Last year Brian was presented with the Cambridgeshire Police chief constable's commendation for bravery.