Birmingham city council refuse worker has been given a Chief Constable’s Good Citizen’s Award after helping a woman in distress.

In the early hours of Monday 7th March last year, Robert Dovestone was working on  Broad Street when he noticed a distressed woman being followed by a man. He then saw the pair start arguing and when Robert heard screams from the woman, he made the quick decision to reverse the lorry he was driving to see if the woman was ok.

He then saw the man assault the woman so he intervened and grabbed the man by his shoulders and managed to restrain him until police arrived.

Such was the level of violence from the man, it took four police officers to transport him to custody.

Robert acted in a brave manner and ultimately prevented a further serious assault taking place, risking his own safety while doing so.

Last week, Robert was handed the Good Citizens Award by West Midlands Police Chief Constable Dave Thompson.