A BRAVE soldier who confronted a gun-wielding robber holding up a betting shop has been awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal.
Iraq veteran, Corporal Jason Robinson, foiled the raider and then chased him a mile along the road.
During the dramatic incident, which was captured on CCTV, at a Ladbrokes shop in Birmingham, the robber pointed the gun at the 27-year-old soldier and pulled the trigger, but it failed to fire.
Cpl Robinson, a driver with the Queen’s Royal Hussars, was in the bookmakers as a customer on August 9 last year when Shazad Mahmood rushed in and threatened staff with a handgun.
When the robber burst into the shop, Cpl Robinson shouted “leave the girls alone and get out of the shop” before running towards him.
It was at this point that Mahmood turned the weapon on him and apparently tried to fire it. The raider fled empty-handed, pursued by Cpl Robinson, who gave up only when the getaway car was driven at him.
But the soldier, from Peterlee, had the presence of mind to record the vehicle’s registration number, and on the basis of his evidence, Mahmood pleaded guilty when he appeared in court in January,
Mahmood, of Tenby Road, Moseley, Birmingham, who had armed himself with a large machete to steal £1,390 from the same betting shop six days earlier, was jailed for nine years.
Cpl Robinson, who now lives in Solihull, is about to deploy to Afghanistan.
His medal citation said he acted with “total disregard for his own safety”, adding: “Robinson’s individual actions were of the most conspicuous bravery.”
Speaking at the time, Cpl Robinson said: “I just did what anybody else would have done.
“I guess I’m used to seeing guns and weapons, so I was able to realise the gun wasn’t loaded.”