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Police salute to tragic Potter star

PUBLISHED: 17:30 09 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:56 23 August 2010

PROUD: Colin and Sally Knox with Rob’s award.

PROUD: Colin and Sally Knox with Rob’s award.

THE proud parents of tragic knife victim Rob Knox met his former colleagues who joined the actor in catching two thugs exactly a year before his death. Colin, 55, and Sally Knox, 50, of Maidstone Road, Sidcup, accepted a posthumous award for their Harry

Harry Potter star Rob Knox

THE proud parents of tragic knife victim Rob Knox met his former colleagues who joined the actor in catching two thugs exactly a year before his death.

Colin, 55, and Sally Knox, 50, of Maidstone Road, Sidcup, accepted a posthumous award for their Harry Potter star son at the new North Kent Police Station in Thames Way, Northfleet.

The couple were handed the award from area commander, Chief Superintendent Paul Brandon, and outgoing area commander, Assistant Chief Constable Gary Beautridge.

Bromley drama student Rob and his colleagues Daniel Austin, Christopher King, Sean Morrison and Daniel Smith were honoured for chasing a violent offender who had assaulted a person in Marks and Spencer, Bluewater on May 24 last year.

His parents said: "It is with pride and honour we accept this award on Rob's behalf.

"He did not make this a big thing at the time, but with hindsight it was more important than he originally let on. It doesn't surprise us at all, after reading the report which outlined how Rob assisted the police that Rob did try to help.

"It really should be Rob picking up this award and not us. But as his parents we are absolutely delighted that Rob has been posthumously commended in recognition of his efforts".

Rob Knox and his colleagues were working when a member of the public was hit over the head with a bottle of wine.

Without thought for their own safety, they followed two offenders out of the store and across large car parks, over a series of roads and up a steep grass bank.

When the pair disappeared into thick undergrowth, they searched with police until the men were found and detained.

One was convicted of assault amongst other crimes and received eight months detention. The other was sentenced to six months in a youth offending institute.

During the ceremony last Friday more than 60 police officers and staff and over 20 members of public received awards.

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