Rushden paperboy up for bravery award

Paperboy Tom Maynard
Paperboy Tom Maynard

A paperboy who came to the aid of his employer after he was viciously attacked by a man armed with a machete has been nominated for a national award.

Tom Maynard, 16, who works for Momi News in Newton Road, Rushden, is one of three finalists in the news deliverer of the year category at the National Federation of Retail Newsagents awards being held next week in London.

He was in the shop in November last year when a thief armed with a machete entered and demanded that the owner, Mohan Momi, open the safe.

When Mr Momi refused he was hit over the head with the machete causing a deep cut. The offender then fled without any money.

Tom, who has been a paperboy for two years, immediately called for an ambulance and alerted the police. He also tended to Mr Momi’s wound.

The Wollaston School pupil, who is more used to delivering the news than making it, said: “Some guy came in last November at about 5.45pm. He had a big machete.

“He hit Mr Momi over the head but he chased him away. I helped Mr Momi with his injuries – I put towels over him to stop the bleeding. I was shocked. Mr Momi was really brave – he was hit over the head with the knife but he was okay.”

Tom was nominated for the award by his employers at the shop. Mr Momi said: “He was brave and very helpful on the day. I hope that he will win the award.”

Tom will travel with his parents to London for the awards presentation at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel on Tuesday, October 23.

Now into their ninth year, the awards focus on the news and convenience retailing sector and recognise those who have made a real contribution to its success.

The man who attacked Mr Momi while attempting to rob the store was never caught.

He was described as being white, about 6ft, of stocky build and wore all black clothing and black Nike trainers with white heels.

Inspector Vaughan Clarke, East Northamptonshire sector commander, said: “I am delighted for Tom that he was so public spirited and that it has been recognised by other members of the community.

“We are always keen to hear any information and if anyone is not happy to speak directly to the police they can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”