Three Bude men rewarded for disarming knifeman

Three men who disarmed a knifeman have been rewarded by a judge in Cornwall.

Robert Jones, Simon Clarke and Richard Allsopp from Bude tackled David Cox, 23, from Coventry to the ground and kept hold of him until police arrived.

Cox was jailed for two years and three months after admitting assaulting a 13-year-old boy and possessing a knife.

Sitting at Truro Crown Court, Judge Christopher Clark QC said the men who apprehended him should get the £250 each, as a "public commendation".

Boy head-butted

The court heard Cox believed youths had stolen his skateboard when he pulled out a camping knife.

Cox, who had been on holiday in the Cornwall resort last August, was probably intoxicated when he launched the attack, the court was told.

The 13-year-old victim was petrified when Cox head-butted him in the face, grabbed him in a head-lock, threw him to the ground and punched and kicked him in the head.

It was then that that Mr Jones, Mr Clarke and Mr Allsopp stepped in.

As he passed sentence on Cox, Judge Clark told the three: "I direct that they should each be rewarded to reflect the public commendation they deserve for the way they behaved."

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