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Woman hailed a hero after pinning robber Anis Bardich against wall in Canterbury high street

By Joe Wright

A woman overpowered an aggressive high street robber by pinning him to a wall until police arrived.

The passer-by intervened when she saw Anis Bardich, 20, punching a victim in Canterbury during the early hours of Sunday morning.

She has been hailed a hero by police after Bardich, of Milton Road, Gravesend, was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison.

Anis Bardich

The robber feigned falling into a man before holding on to him and refusing to let go.

While hugging the victim, another person was able to steal a wallet from the man's back pocket.

The man, who tried to defend himself, was then punched numerous times in the face and kicked in the back.

He was, however, able to grab hold of Bardich's legs and call out for help.

The passing woman then jumped in to pin Bardich against a wall until officers arrived.

When arrested, the 20-year-old was verbally abusive to passers-by and threatened to fight the police officers.

Detective Constable Terry Seager, says Bardich - who was sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court today - didn't take public resilience into account.

"The distraction used in this case was to hug the victim while his wallet was stolen," he said.

"When the victim realised what was occurring he was beaten by several individuals, including the defendant.

"Unfortunately for the defendant he did not count on the heroic actions of a passing member of the public, nor the outrage of the victim who refused to let go of him.

"All praise for the success of this case is purely down to those two people."

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