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Friday, 25 April 2014

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Cash reward for Cumbrian bad lad who turned hero

A former soldier rewarded for tackling three louts causing trouble outside a Cumbrian supermarket has admitted he did it to prove to people that he was no longer a trouble-maker himself.

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High Sheriff Juliet Westoll with Philip Cable

Philip Cable who said, “I have been a bit of a bad lad myself in the past”, was given a £100 reward and an official commendation by Cumbria’s High Sheriff Juliet Westoll at a ceremony at Carlisle Crown Court.

It marked the way he bravely intervened when three men turned on an elderly taxi driver who had reprimanded them for misbehaving outside the Tesco store in Whitehaven on August 17.

Mr Cable, 40, heard the men threatening to burn the taxi driver’s house down, so he went over to calm things down.

But after throwing a bottle at the taxi driver and ripping up a Tesco sign, the gang turned on him instead, swearing at him and threatening him.

A fight broke out in which Mr Cable, who spent 11 years in the Kings Own Border Regiment, and all three men ended up on the ground before other members of the public intervened.

Judge Barbara Forrester, who nominated Mr Cable for the reward after sentencing one of the men – Kyle Sibbald, 21, of Pipers Court, Whitehaven – to 30 weeks in prison for affray, said such incidents happened far too often.

“People get upset by what they see and hear, and they may tut, tut a bit and say how disgraceful it is but all too often they just walk away,” she said.

“It is to Mr Cable’s credit that he was not prepared to do that.”

After the ceremony Mr Cable, who has been to prison for carrying a knife, said he was glad to have got the chance to prove that he was no longer the “bad lad” some people still saw him as.

“It was just the right thing to do,” he said. “I just wanted to show that, whatever I may have done in the past, I am still a part of the community and willing to do my bit.

“I was always brought up to respect older people, so I wasn’t just going to stand there while all that was going on.”

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