Nun res­cues teenager from mug­ging

Stockport Times East - - FRONT PAGE - EMILY HE­WARD

ANUN from Stock­port saved a teenaged jog­ger from the clutches of an armed robbers.

Re­becca Soanes, 16, was walk­ing near her home in Col­ly­hurst when a masked man tried to hit her with a metal bar and threat­ened to kill her un­less she handed over her iPhone.

But divine in­ter­ven­tion came when saintly Sis­ter Maura Con­si­dine heard her screams and came to the res­cue.

Sis­ter Maura had been vis­it­ing sis­ters at nearby Hol­ly­wood House, where she used to live, when she heard the teenager’s screams.

Sis­ter Maura, who is orig­i­nally from County Clare, Ire­land, lived at Hol­ly­wood House in the 1990s and from 2010 to 2012. She is now based at St Ber­nadette’s in Brin­ning­ton.

The 50-year-old Ro­man Catholic nun said she was just in the right place at the right time to scare the mugger away after a de­layed hair ap­point­ment.

She said: “I was com­ing home from town and I had just parked my car at the back of our build­ing when I heard somebody run­ning be­hind me.

“When I turned round I re­alised she was cry­ing and I said: ‘Are you all right?’ and she said he had tried to steal her phone.

“As I looked over to the waste­land the fel­low was cy­cling away. She asked me did I have a phone, be­cause her bat­tery had run down, so I called her mum.

“Her phone was dead and she couldn’t sum­mon help and I sup­pose young peo­ple wouldn’t know to knock on the door of the con­vent.

“She was very shaken up, she is only 16 you know. For somebody to at­tack you with a metal bar is dread­ful re­ally. The only safety was that I was with her.”

Re­becca’s dad Jeff has hailed the habit-wear­ing hero­ine as a ‘true saviour’ as he ap­pealed for help to catch the at­tacker.

The taxi driver, 44, said: “It was a hor­ri­ble at­tack but it could have been a lot worse. Hon­est to God, she is a true saviour.”

Re­becca had been walk­ing home from the city cen­tre when the at­tacker rode past her on a black moun­tain bike on Sud­del Street.

Mo­ments later, as she took a short­cut close to a con­vent, she heard foot­steps from be­hind.

Sis­ter Maura ush­ered the ter­ri­fied teenager to safety inside a gated car park and the at­tacker fled.

Sis­ter Maura added: “I had been de­layed at the hair­dressers and I was just in the right place at the right time. I sup­pose you feel for any young per­son.

“Th­ese are the dan­gers of so­ci­ety, th­ese young peo­ple to­day carry th­ese phones like jew­ellery re­ally. There are so many in­ci­dents of this type.

“Luck­ily in this case he didn’t get away with the phone. This will mark her for a long time.

“We have all been 16 com­ing home from town tak­ing a short cut and that is all she was do­ing.

“It is very un­for­tu­nate. Any­body would have been kind to the girl.”

Re­becca Soanes, with her dad Jeff,

Sis­ter Maura Con­si­dine

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