Harry Potter star's last stand
PUBLISHED: 16:17 02 July 2008 | UPDATED: 11:42 12 August 2010
TEENAGE actor Rob Knox is to be given a posthumous award for bravery – weeks after he was knifed to death. The 18-year-old s
TEENAGE actor Rob Knox is to be given a posthumous award for bravery - weeks after he was knifed to death.
The 18-year-old's proud parents revealed the extent of his kindness at a memorial service held moments aft er his funeral.
North Kent Police bosses are preparing to hand over the award to his grieving parents Colin and Sally Knox, from Sidcup, tomorrow for an act of bravery while he worked at Bluewater shopping centre.
His parents are due to attend the new Ebbsfleet police station in Thamesway, Northfleet, to accept the award on his behalf.
The Bromley drama student, who played wizard Marcus Belby in the forthcoming movie Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, was stabbed outside Metro, in Station Road, Sidcup, on May 24. Almost a year to that day he was among five members of staff at the Bluewater's Marks and Spencer store who helped catch two men who assaulted someone in the shop.
The staff chased the duo across the car park and helped police and security staff identify and apprehend them. Both were later convicted of grievous bodily harm and jailed for the attack.
Colin Knox, 55, said: "Robert chased a group of thieves from the store. That was Rob - he thought about other people first and not himself."
He added: "Robbie had a passion for acting. He was just finding out that maybe, just maybe, he might get that break."
Sally Knox said: "I just wish I could tell him how proud we are.
"I just hope that he's up there watching. It will be the hardest thing to receive the award, but it will make us so, so proud."
Area Commander chief superintendent Gary Beautridge said he could not think of anyone more deserving for the Area Commander's Award.
He said: "It is clearly evident that Rob was an extraordinary young man.
"He displayed not only bravery but a real public spirit in taking the action that he did that day at Bluewater.
"I can understand why his parents are so very proud of him and it's a sad loss."
A spokesperson for Marks and Spencer said: "We do know Rob was a valued and popular member of the team.
"It's obviously a very sad time for his parents but we just want them to know he was a great member of staff."
Unemployed Karl Bishop, of Beaver Lodge, Charlton Road, Sidcup, was charged with Mr Knox's murder and five counts of wounding on May 27.
He was remanded in custody until trial at the Old Bailey set for September 2.
Hundreds of devastated teenagers joined his relatives of Rob Knox, of Maidstone Road, Sidcup, at Eltham Crematorium last Wednesday.
His father called him 'inspirational' at the memorial service in St John the Evangelist Church, Sidcup.
Both the funeral and memorial service were attended by Harry Potter actors including Rupert Grint, who plays Ron Weasley in the saga.