Brighton Policeman hailed a hero

20 May 2010, 16:12

A Brighton police officer has been praised for tackling and arresting an armed man who three days earlier committed a robbery in the town.

Raymond Jacklin, 60, has been sentenced to five years' imprisonment at Hove Crown Court for possession of an imitation firearm in a public place, robbery and having an imitation firearm with intent to commit an offence.

He was tackled by PC Christian Rohman on January 23 when he was seen with a gun in Lewes Road, Brighton.

Inspector Robert Leet from Brighton and Hove Division Neighbourhood Response Team said: "PC Chris Rohman's brave and selfless actions enabled a dangerous offender to be apprehended swiftly and safely. His courage and quick thinking meant that Jacklin could be brought to justice at the earliest opportunity and help make the city an even safer place.

"This is a good example of the unexpected dangers which police officers can face and the professionalism in which they carry out their duty. Chris is a real credit to us and we should all be proud of his contribution here."

PC Rohman was unaware the weapon was an imitation until after the arrest.

Jacklin was caught on CCTV committing a robbery with the imitation weapon at Ladbrokes, Market Street, Brighton, on January 20.