Heroic security guard gets award
9:20am Thursday 24th January 2013 in News
A BRAVE security guard at the University of Bolton who helped bring a dangerous burglar to justice has been given an award by his employers.
Wayne Driscoll, aged 48, stood his ground when a thief held a knife to his throat and threatened to stab him at the university’s administration centre.
Mr Driscoll blocked the thief’s escape route by refusing to move from a doorway — despite repeated threats that he would be knifed.
Anthony Webb was arrested and, at his trial at Bolton Crown Court last February, Judge Charles Bloom praised Mr Driscoll for his actions as he jailed Webb for two years.
Vice chancellor of the university, Dr George Holmes, added his praise at a special presentation at which the chancellor of the university, Baroness Trish Morris of Bolton, was also present.
Dr Holmes said: “Wayne showed great courage in apprehending this intruder on university premises and refusing to move away, even when confronted with a knife.
“With our governors here, and our chancellor, it is my great pleasure to thank Wayne and commend him for his bravery.” Mr Driscoll, who lives in Warrington, was presented with a cheque to thank him for his actions.
He said he was “surprised but pleased” to receive the award.
Mr Driscoll, who has worked at the university for eight years, said: “I worked as a doorman for 15 years and had knives pulled on me then.
“I don’t consider that I did anything special but I’m really pleased to receive this award and everyone’s thanks.”
Webb stole food from the university’s kitchen and also tried to steal electrical items.
The incident was caught on CCTV — watch the footage on The Bolton News’ website.
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