Brave Mansfield shoppers praised for tackling robbers

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Mansfield shoppers have been hailed for their bravery after a 27-year-old man was jailed for attacking a woman in the town centre.

Javan Charles Tennant (27), of no fixed address, appeared at Nottingham Crown Court on Tuesday (21st May) charged with robbery, actual bodily harm (ABH) and possession of Class A drugs.

The court was told how Tennant, grabbed his 20-year-old victim by the throat and demanded she hand over her purse.

He approached his victim as she returned from work to a car park off Regent Street in Mansfield town centre on 5th May.

When she refused he grabbed her keys and forced her into the passenger seat, jumping into the driver’s seat and closing the door.

She managed to escape through the passenger door, running towards another woman pleading for her help.

Tennant approached both women, posing as his victim’s boyfriend, but the 46-year-old saw through his lies and challenged him. As he fled she followed, calling for help.

A 17-year-old boy heard her cries and pursued Tennant. He eventually managed to restrain him on the ground, with help from another man, before police arrived and arrested him.

A quantity of heroin was then discovered in his pocket.

Detective Constable Steve Dunn, of Mansfield CID, said: “I would like to thank the brave residents who intervened that day, meaning we were able to make an arrest and gather most of the evidence there and then.

“The gutsy actions by all those involved was just phenomenal. The woman who stood up to Tennant showed enormous courage in the face of what would have been a very frightening situation and the boy who chased him down was really quite the hero. He suffered cuts and bruises in the struggle but he held on. There was no way Tennant was getting away from him.

“We have yet to trace the other older man who helped the boy restrain Tennant. If this was you we’d really like you to get in touch.”

He pleaded guilty to all counts and was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment.

If this was you contact Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident 560 5 May 2013.