White knights leap into action

CHIVALRY is not dead on the streets of Ipswich, it can be revealed today. June Chenery is today thanking two lorry drivers who leapt to her aid after her bag was snatched by a suspected drug addict.

CHIVALRY is not dead on the streets of Ipswich, it can be revealed today.

June Chenery is today thanking two lorry drivers who leapt to her aid after her bag was snatched by a suspected drug addict.

Grateful for their assistance, June was a damsel in distress on Wednesday as she returned from shopping in Ipswich town centre.

She said: “It was about 1.30pm and I was on my lunch break and walking back to work near Major's corner. He ran up behind me and snatched the bag from me. I was very shaken but managed to call out.”

The bag contained keys, about £20 cash, mobile phone and other belongings.

It was then two men came to Miss Chenery's assistance. Spotting the turn of events from their cab, they jumped out and gave chase.

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Miss Chenery said: “They must have seen it happen when they were driving past. They chased him and caught him and held him until the police came.”

She said she would like to thank the men who helped her.

Miss Chenery said: “I don't know their names but they came to my rescue and I'd like to say thank you to them.

“Without them I would not have got my bag back. They caught him so quickly. I'm very grateful to them, they took a risk for me.

“They could have just continued driving by but they didn't.”

The culprit, who is believed to be about 20, has since later been charged with theft. He is thought to be a drug addict.

Miss Chenery said: “He told me he was on heroin. He said he was sorry and I'm not angry with him.”

A spokesman for Suffolk police said: “Our thanks go to the members of the public for their assistance.”

Are you one of the lorry drivers who helped Miss Chenery? Has someone come to your rescue? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or send us an e-mail to eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

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