19/02/2015 11:42 GMT | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

Hero Mum Punched Robber In Face After He Threatened To Shoot 10-Year-Old Daughter


A mum who punched a robber and dragged him out of her house after he threatened to shoot her 10-year-old daughter has received a bravery award.

Julia Rogers, 47, found the intruder high on drugs, in her bathroom, standing behind her daughter Lily and pretending to hold a gun as he demanded keys to their safe.

But furious Julia saw red and smashed the robber in the face before dragging him downstairs and past her 79-year-old partially sighted mum in the kitchen.

Then she threw him out of the house in Hawley, near Dartford, Kent, but he came back and threatened to kill Julia, Lily and her 18-year-old son Danny, who was also at home.

The teenager managed to calm the man down while Julia phoned police.

The intruder left again but later broke into the family car. – and brave Julia tackled him yet again, hitting him with bamboo sticks before he made off in a taxi.

The robber was eventually caught by police carrying more than £2,000 worth of valuables he'd stolen from other homes.

He is now serving a 10-year jail sentence after the terrifying incident at around 5.30am on Sunday, May 11 last year.

Courageous Julia has now received a bravery award from Kent's chief constable Alan Pughsley.

Mr Pughsley said: "The courage demonstrated by Mrs Rogers, Danny and Lily under such terrifying circumstances was exceptional.

"No-one should have to endure what they did, and they should feel proud of themselves for how they handled the situation.

"This commendation formally marks their bravery and fortitude."

Julia told her local paper: "It could have been a lot worse, especially if he did have a gun, although I don't believe he did.

"Lily has always been a resilient girl but she didn't sleep for about six months afterwards and I don't sleep too well.

"This award is a nice outcome to a really horrible situation."