It has just been announced in the London Gazette that Ann will be awarded the Queens Commendation for Bravery. Ann delighted and proud to have achieved this honor. Having just received the notice herself, she is looking forward to the presentation, date to be announced. See London Gazette PDF….
The official 10 Downing Street website contained the following statements:
“The Queen has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards of The George Medal and The Queen’s Gallantry Medal and for publication in The London Gazette of the names of those shown below as having received an expression of Commendation for Bravery.”
Ann Timson, Civilian
For preventing a raid on a jewellery store
On 7 February 2011 Mrs Timson, 71 years of age, was shopping in Northampton when she noticed a commotion coming from the direction of a nearby jewellery store. Three mopeds were parked with riders on board, and three other people wearing crash helmets and armed with lump hammers, were smashing a jewellery store’s windows. She immediately ran towards the group of robbers (a distance of 150 metres) and began swinging her handbag at one of the riders, who then departed the scene. She then swung her handbag at those smashing the window in an attempt to stop them continuing their attack on the shop. The robbers decided to leave the scene but one robber was so distracted by Mrs Timson that he fell off his moped. She continued to hit him with her handbag until other members of the public also intervened. The robber was detained until the police arrived and took him into custody.