A Town Junior School pupil has received the Chief Constable’s Young Person award in recognition of her bravery.
The then ten-year old Robyn Birdsell chased a burglar from her home shouting “give us our stuff back”! And when the thief tried clambering over a garden fence at the rear of the family’s Sutton Coldfield home she grabbed his leg and pulled him backwards.
West Midlands Police Chief Constable Dave Thompson has now tipped the plucky youngster to be a policing star of the future, presenting her with a Chief Constable’s Young Person accolade in recognition of her bravery last night (Weds 23rd January)
Robyn was returning from a swimming lesson with mum Rachel on the evening of 20th June last year when she spotted the thief loading up her rucksack with valuables.
The 31-year-old, a prolific thief with a string of convictions, made off into the rear garden clutching Robyn’s bag.
The cruel thief twisted her arm and shoved her away before escaping – but Robyn had the last laugh as her evidence and detailed description of the offender helped West Midlands Police detectives trace him and secure a jail term of almost four years.
And last night the Town Junior School, Sutton Coldfield, pupil joined other brave members of the public and police officers at a special ceremony in Edgbaston.
Chief Constable Mr Thompson, said:
“What Robyn did was quite an incredible feat of bravery for one so young…someone had broken into her home and she wasn’t going to give up her possessions lightly.
“It was a real pleasure to meet Robyn and to present her with the award – she’s a very worthy recipient. She’s a very plucky, confident young girl and I have no doubt that if she chose a future career in policing she would be a huge success!”
Next month, Robyn is set to visit West Midlands Police’s dog training centre in Balsall Common where she’ll get to meet the force’s four-legged crime fighters – and get to pick a pup from a new litter to be named in her honour.
Mum Rachel said:
“Awards were brilliant…Robyn really enjoyed getting dressed up for the occasion, meeting everyone, and posing for pictures wearing the Chief Constable’s hat. Who knows, maybe she’ll have a police hat of her own in the future.”