Stokie shopkeeper June, 83, scoops Brave Briton award after fighting off robber with walking stick


A feisty Stoke-on-Trent pensioner who fought off an armed shop raider with her walking stick has won an award for being a ‘Brave Briton’.

Grandmother-of-three June Turner, 83, who owns AJ and J Newsagents, on Lichfield Street, Hanley, received the Amplifon Awards for Brave Britons 2020 Act Of Courage champion during a virtual ceremony hosted by BBC 1 TV Breakfast presenter Rachel Burden.

June, who has run her shop for 45 years – first with her husband and now with son Alan – said: “I am overwhelmed to win this award but it’s very nice.

June Turner, who owns AJ & J Newsagents in Hanley

“When the man came into the shop it all seem to happen so quickly and I did everything on instinct. I remember grabbing hold of him as he was trying to attack me. I got hold of my walking stick and gave him a right good going over.”

Global-hearing specialist Amplifon’s judges said: “When June, some 20 years past normal retirement age, faced up to a man in his 20s armed with an iron bar demanding money from her shop till it was a moment most would have wilted.

“But not June, armed with her walking stick, she had had since a hip replacement, she stood firm and knocked the attacker to the floor.

“She showed courage and bravery, of which, all of us would be proud. She had to make an on-the-spot decision that she knew might save her life.”

June was behind the counter at 6.30am when the intruder burst into the shop demanding money from the till.

June and her son Alan
June and her son Alan

After she forced the thief to the ground he then grappled June herself to the floor before snatching some notes from the till and fleeing. He was later arrested and jailed.

The Amplifon awards are in their fifth year and celebrate truly remarkable people and pets. They were set up in honour of Amplifon’s founder, Second World War hero Major Charles Holland.

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Major Holland was awarded both the MBE and the Military Crossed and received the Bronze Star from the United States government in 1948 for his bravery behind enemy lines during the Second World War.

After the war he dedicated his life to providing better hearing for people affected by the conflict and in 1950 launched Amplifon which has become a global company specialising in providing the best hearing solutions and devices.





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