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Eltham girl, 12, chases down knife-wielding muggers
A 13-YEAR-OLD Eltham girl who chased down and helped catch the knife-wielding teenagers who mugged her brother has been commended by police for her incredible bravery.
Ella Ell, aged just 12 at the time, sprang into action when her 15-year-old brother Jay had his phone swiped at knifepoint while on the way home from school.
Seeing what happened, Ella chased the three teenagers for around 400 yards up Middle Park Avenue.
She said: "I dropped my bag, my blazer, my shoes came off and everything and I chased after them.
"It was the fastest I've ever run."
When she did catch up with the boys, one pulled a knife on her and nearly cut her stomach.
The Harris Academy Greenwich pupil said: "I was really angry and a little bit scared when they pulled the knife on me, but adrenalin took over and it was like tunnel vision.
"Then they said 'if ever I see you again then you'll end up getting stabbed'."
The boys ran off but Ella managed to contact police using a phone provided by a passer by, relaying all information to a police officer, including a very detailed description of the suspects.
After the boys were tracked down to the McDonald's in Eltham High Street, she managed to positively identify them by walking past the window where she could see them sat down, with three phones on the table.
They were quickly arrested, charged and later given youth offending orders and ordered to pay compensation.
Last week Ella was the only child among a number of police officers to be given a commendation for bravery by Greenwich Borough Commander Detective Chief Superintendent Richard Wood.
She said: "I felt so happy, it felt fantastic because I was the shortest one there and the only kid.
"I'd probably do it again if I was in the same position but I hope that doesn't happen."
Proud mum Lauren, 33, said: "My first reaction to Ella was, you silly girl, you shouldn't have done that, you could have put yourself in more danger.
"But at the ceremony I felt like the world's best mum to be honest, I felt so good about my daughter.
"She reduced me to tears, because at the end of the day that's my baby girl and she's got that through being brave and sticking up for her brother."
Chief Inspector Andy Johnstone from Greenwich police said: "The speed and good result of this investigation were directly influenced by the information provide by Ella.
"Her assertiveness and quick-thinking ensured her brother got his mobile back and that those responsible were arrested and charged.
"I am delighted she has received a borough commander commendation - she thoroughly deserves it."
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