Have-a-go hero Chris honoured

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A BORDERS man who tackled a violent robber in London has been commended by police.

Digital advertising director Chris Cochrane had been cashing cheques at a bank in central London when he saw a robber punch a security guard.

The London-based 33-year-old charged at the raider and took the money from him while his business partner, Alan Walker, chased him.

Back home in the Borders, his mum Jenny said: “My first reaction was huge pride and then I thought, ‘oh my god, what could have happened?’. The whole family is proud of him.”

The foiled robbery took place two years ago when other members of the public had also given chase and were commended at a ceremony at the Serious and Organised Crime Command at Cobalt Square.

The two policemen who chased and caught the man – who had committed other robberies and burglaries – were also given commendations.

Detective Chief Superintendent Graham McNulty, presenting the awards, said: “This was an admirable example of police, industry employees and members of the public combining to thwart a violent robbery.”

The award presented to Mr Cochrane – who attended schools in Earlston, Jedburgh, Melrose and Yetholm – was for determination and bravery .

Mrs Cochrane, who attended the ceremony, said: “My son said he did it without thinking. He [the security guard] was an old guy and he was being beaten up.

“The police did say it was absolutely heartening for them that there were still ‘have-a-go’ heroes like my son and his business partner.”