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Whitehaven pub landlady honoured for going to aid of assault victim

Award recipient Alison Barwise and her husband, Sean, with Judge Peter Davies (left) and Cumbria's High Sheriff the Rev Richard Lee.
Award recipient Alison Barwise and her husband, Sean, with Judge Peter Davies (left) and Cumbria’s High Sheriff the Rev Richard Lee.

[A] PUB landlady who helped a domestic violence victim she saw bleeding in the street has been honoured.

Kind-hearted Alison Barwise rushed to the aid of beaten and bloodied Claire Trueman when she saw her in distress last October.

Mrs Barwise, 47, comforted Ms Trueman and accompanied her to a nearby police station. As a result, the attacker, Shaun Trueman – her ex-husband – was given a suspended jail term at Carlisle Crown Court. He admitted assault and robbery charges.

Mrs Barwise was commended for her public-spirited response at the crown court this week. She received a certificate and cash award from Cumbria’s High Sheriff.

“I wouldn’t personally want to see anybody in trouble,” she said. “I think it is great to be recognised for something good you have done.”

Mrs Barwise, who runs Whitehaven’s Three Tuns pub with 43-year-old husband Sean, plans to match the cash award and donate the total to the Freedom Project – which operates under the West Cumbria Domestic Violence Support charity.

The couple will also host a pub fund-raiser to collect extra cash for that cause.

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