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Bedford stabbing: Judge rewards passer-by for bravery

A judge has praised the bravery of a passer-by who came to the aid of a man being stabbed in a car park.

Mindaugas Zaluda received an award from Judge Richard Foster who said his efforts had almost certainly saved the life of Gary Brown.

Barry Bell, 47, stabbed Mr Brown six times in the Broadway car park, Bedford, last May and was jailed at Luton Crown Court for 12 years.

Mr Zaluda received his award at a ceremony at the same court on Monday.

Bell was a business partner of Mr Brown, of Buntingford, Hertfordshire, and there had been financial problems between them, the court heard.

Mr Zaluda opened the door of a car where Mr Brown was being attacked and pulled him clear.

Saved victim's life

Mr Zaluda was presented with a framed certificate and a cash reward but the amount was not disclosed.

Making the award, Judge Foster said: "Mr Zaluda was going quietly about his business when he came across a very nasty incident in a car park in which he intervened and probably saved the life of Gary Brown.

"Many people would have walked away or shied away, but he opened the door of the car where the attack was taking place and the incident came to a swift conclusion.

"There is every chance that Gary Brown would not be with us today but for that intervention.

"He has made a virtually full recovery physically but still suffers the psychological affects."

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