A POLICE inspector has praised a have-a-go hero who helped to stop a suspected thief.
Canadian tourist Robert Giberson used an ice hockey move to help PC Gareth Ramsey arrest a man in Stamford on Friday last week.
Mr Giberson, 40, was enjoying watching an aircraft display over the town as part of RAF Wittering’s family day when he spotted a man being chased by PC Ramsey along Bath Row.
After putting down a bag of sausage rolls and meat pies, the amateur hockey player used his body to shove the man to the ground, a move in ice hockey called “checking”.
The man, a 22-year-old from Kettering, was arrested and later charged with the theft of six pairs of shoes from a shop in Stamford, worth £150. He is due to appear at Spalding Magistrates Court next month.
Sector Insp Gary Stewart has praised modest Mr Giberson for his actions.
Mr Giberson, his wife Stella and their six-year-old son Laine, were visiting Mrs Giberson’s grandmother Sheila Janowitz, who lives in Godsey Lane, Market Deeping. The couple live in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and have two older children Ellen, 19, and Jonathan, 17.
Speaking from Canada Mr Giberson, who is a netminder, or goalie, for a number of teams near his home, said: “It is something I would do again.”
Wife Stella said: “I’m very proud of him.”
Another man also tried to stop the suspected thief.
PC Ramsey said: “Basically as the man ran past, Mr Giberson assisted by giving him a shove, nothing aggressive, it was more to buy time.”
Insp Stewart has praised Mr Giberson, who sells tyres for a living. He said: “I want to thank the members of the public for getting involved.
“All too often people don’t see the problems.
“It is nice to see the public helping us.”