Soldier foils armed robber

BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE. 'Undated West Midlands Police handout photo of CCTV footage of an an off duty soldier (left) confronting a 25 year-old robber who was trying to hold up the Ladbrokes bookmakers on Warwick Road in Acocks Green. The robber was sentenced to nine years in prison at Birmingham Crown Court. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday January 31, 2011. Photo credit should read: West Midlands Police/PA Wire'NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE. 'Undated West Midlands Police handout photo of CCTV footage of an an off duty soldier (left) confronting a 25 year-old robber who was trying to hold up the Ladbrokes bookmakers on Warwick Road in Acocks Green. The robber was sentenced to nine years in prison at Birmingham Crown Court. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday January 31, 2011. Photo credit should read: West Midlands Police/PA Wire'NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
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THIS is the dramatic moment ice-cool Jason Robinson foiled an armed robbery in a betting shop.

The soldier, from Peterlee, chased the masked drug addict for a mile before catching and holding him until police came.

Now the 26-year-old dad-of-two, who has served in Iraq, has been commended for his bravery by a judge who jailed robber Shazad Mahmood for nine years.

Detectives have released CCTV footage of the moment Lance Corporal Robinson confronted Mahmood in a Birmingham branch of Ladbrookes, after the raider threatened staff with a handgun.

The robber had burst into the shop with what appeared to be a live handgun, and demanded cash.

He aimed the weapon at terrified staff before aiming it at L/Corporal Robinson.

A trigger sound was heard and the soldier realised the gun failed to fire or may not have been loaded.

Mahmood fled and was chased down by L/Cpl Robinson.

The soldier said: “I just did what anybody else would have done.

“I reacted with instinct, and in this case it was right and I managed to stop him from getting away with anything, and he is now off the streets where he can’t target vulnerable people.”

L/Cpl Robinson – who lives in Birmingham with his fiancee Sarah and children Rhys, two, and six-month-old Summer – added: “I guess I’m used to seeing guns and weapons, so I was able to realise the gun wasn’t loaded.

“But it could have been a different story, and I would not advise others to do what I did.”

Mahmood, of Tenby Road, Moseley, Birmingham, was jailed at the city’s Crown Court after pleading guilty to robbery and attempted robbery following two raids on the same branch of Ladbrokes.

The 25-year-old was arrested in Acocks Green, Birmingham, on August 9 last year – six days after threatening staff at the bookmaker’s with a machete and escaping with £1,390.

Judge Patrick Thomas paid tribute to L/Cpl Robinson, who serves in the Queen’s Royal Hussars and role is to destroy enemy tanks and support the infantry in close combat.

“I have to say that we expect soldiers to be brave and cool in a crisis, but this particular young man seems to have gone beyond expectations.

“He brought the whole situation under control through his own bravery and cool-headedness.”

He added: “It was an extraordinary act of courage.”

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