This week 60 years ago: Hero postman chases bus down Islington High Street to catch attempted robber
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A hero postman was praised in court for chasing an attempted robber – even after he got on a bus.
William White, of Parkfield Street, Islington, went after a man after he heard screaming in a tobacconist in Islington High Street.
Old Street Magistrates’ Court heard Edith Burgess was alone in the shop when a man walked in, one hand in pocket, and told her: “This is a stick-up, lady.”
After she screamed, Mr White chased him around Camden Passage and Duncan Street before he jumped onto a trolleybus. It stopped near Angel station and he jumped off, allowing Mr White to catch him. The man was then arrested by a passing police officer.
Magistrate Harold Sturge said: “I congratulate you on your courage when you could have only formed a serious view of his intentions. I’m sure the public is very grateful.”
A man, 23, pleaded not guilty to attempted robbery.