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He is the father of Detective Constable Stephen Oake, who was stabbed to death while attempting to arrest an Al Qaeda suspect. He was nominated for the George Cross, but was instead awarded the Queen's Gallantry Medal. Oake wrote the book Father Forgive: The Forgotten 'F' Word following his son's murder. Robin is a strong evangelical Christian, like Stephen Oake was, and publicly forgave his son's murderer.
He is chairman of the Isle of Man Commonwealth Games Association.
- "Row over murdered officer's award", BBC, 16 February 2006
- The London Gazette: . 6 January 2009.
- Keswick Convention July 2013
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