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July 31, 2004
RNLI tractor driver floors samurai teenager

Alan Miller, a Burnham-On-Sea RNLI tractor driver and chairman of the BARB hovercraft rescue service, is being hailed as a hero after tackling a teenager who was wielding a samurai sword.

Alan, 34, apprehended the youth who was threatening to harm passers-by and door staff at the Galleries Show bar in Brean, near Burnham-On-Sea, shortly after 01:00 hrs last Wednesday.

Alan said: "I went back to the galleries to carry out a pickup when I saw someone who had been expelled from the bar previously holding what I thought was a stick."

"I realised that it was a samurai sword, and he was threatening people with it."

"I ran to the bar, and asked them to call the police and as I was walking back down the stairs, he was walking up towards me."

"I saw that he was taking the sword out, so I had no choice but to tackle him."

Police were called to the scene and arrested the boy.

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