Hero builders praised by judge for tackling violent burglars in East Finchley

Hero builders John Hancock, 46, and Ollie Record, 31

Hero builders John Hancock, 46, and Ollie Record, 31 - Credit: Archant

A heroic builder who was stabbed while grappling with a burglar has been commended by a judge.

John Hancock, 46, and colleague Ollie Record, 31, both from Hemel Hempstead, were commended by Judge Nicholas Browne QC and rewarded with £350 each.

They came to the rescue of a grandmother being attacked by burglars in her home in Huntingdon Road, East Finchley, in February, forcing the thugs to flee.

Mr Hancock was stabbed three times with a screwdriver by Patrick O’Leary, 21.

O’Leary, of Harris Road, Watford, was caught from DNA on a cap and shoe which came off in the scuffle. He was jailed for eight years last Monday.

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