Securicor Medal for Bravery, awarded to David Loveridge, an security guard working for the Securicor security firm, who was awarded the Securicor Medal for Bravery when he and one other were shot in an armed robbery in Southampton, Hampshire, on 5th March 1982. At the time they were attempted to carry bags of cash into a bank. Loveridge was shot and received three wounds in the groin and lower leg. His colleague, Peter Tatum, was shot in the upper leg. The armed robbers who made off with £15,000 in cash. Having used a motorcycle for the raid, the two robbers later transferred to a stolen Vauxhall Astra. In the subsequent chase through Southampton in the direction of the Shirley area, they were confronted by a motorcycle police officer, who they then forced at gunpoint to hand over his keys, and made off again. They then abandoned the Astra and took to their feet, and were confronted by another officer in a car, who they forced out of his car, and then hijacked it. This was in turn rammed by another police car, and one of the robbers, a London man, was arrested but the other made off and seems to have evaded his pursuers.
Securicor Medal for Bravery, hallmarks for Birmingham with date letter ‘R’ for 1966, reverse engraved ‘For Bravery D. Loveridge’, and apparently mounted on the 1st type ribbon.
Condition: Nearly Extremely Fine.
Together with a Securicor belt buckle, and a medal ribbon bar for a recipient of the Campaign Service Medal and the Regular Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.
David Loveridge, worked as a security guard for the Securicor security firm, and on 5th March 1982 together with one other guard, Peter Tatum, when in Southampton, Hampshire, was carrying bags of cash across the pavement ‘as two men pulled up on a motorcycle and grabbed the money’. A newspaper report published in the Newcastle Journal for 6th March 1992 titled ‘Two Guards Shot - Gunman on loose after raid on bank’ further details the incident which led to Loveridge’s award.
‘One of the raiders then gunned down the guards. Both men slumped to the ground as their attackers fled on a high-powered motorcycle. It is understood the robbers escaped with £15,000. Mr Tatum, a married man, received a single shot to the upper leg and Mr Loveridge, who is single, received three wounds to the groin and lower leg. Both men were taken to Southampton General Hospital where their conditions were last night said to be stable.’
‘Witnesses said the guards were shot by a man wearing motorcycle clothing in what a detective called a “cold and calculated attack”. The robbers rode their Kawasaki 600 motorcycle on to the pavement and took a short cut up an alley before driving another half a mile and dumping the bike near a swimming pool. Then they jumped into a stolen white Vauxhall Astra and were chased by police through Southampton towards the Shirley area of the city before being confronted by police motorcyclist Sergeant Simon Saul. Sgt Saul was threatened with a pistol and the robbers grabbed the keys from his bike and drove on.’
‘They later abandoned the Astra and made off. A policeman in a Ford Escort pulled across them as they ran along a street but they forced him out of the vehicle at gunpoint and hijacked it. Five minutes later, one of he perusing police cars rammed the hijacked vehicle. A man was arrested, but a second man escaped. Last night police warned anyone sighting the suspect not to approach him. The robber on the run is described as 30, of Mediterranean complexion, about 5ft 11ins and has black hair. A 27-year old London man is being questioned about the robbery at Southampton central police station.’
The huge manhunt for the dangerous gunman still on the loose was scaled down that evening, as the police failed to find him.