LONDON - Ford Motorsport’s Lindsay Orridge is widely featured in today’s British press after she rescued TV presenter and former F1 driver Tiff Needell from the clutches muggers trying to steal his £5,000 watch.
Fifth Gear presenter Needell was trying to hail a cab after the Autosport Awards event in London on Sunday night when he was confronted by three young men. But just as the three tried to overpower him, Lindsay came to his rescue.
Despite being just 5ft tall, the Dunton-based events and marketing manager for Ford Motorsport, battered the would-be muggers forcing them to flee empty-handed. 27-year-old Lindsay is quoted as saying: “I didn’t think twice about trying to get them off him. I started to shout at them and when they didn’t respond I kicked one in the back of his leg pretty hard with the heel of my stiletto. He yelped a little so I hit him too. I never even considered whether they would fight back or if they had weapons, it was just my instinct to try and help.
Needell was full of praise for his rescuer: 'It was the first time I have ever been mugged. Lindsay came over and started kicking and attacking the muggers and they ran off. She was heroic and I think she should be awarded a gallantry medal at next year’s awards.'