Police honour the region’s good and brave

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DERBYSHIRE’S top cop has honoured two men for saving the life of a woman who was spotted standing on the edge of a bridge over a dual carriageway.

Paul O’Malley and Daniel Green, of Chesterfield, held the woman and stopped her from falling onto the A61, in the town, until police pulled her to safety.

Police Chief Con Mick Creedon presented the men with a Derbyshire Constabulary Award during a ceremony at Ripley police HQ last Wednesday where officers and residents were recognised for brave actions and achievements.

Chief Con Creedon said: “The outcome could have been far different if Paul and Daniel had not gone to help.”

Ashleigh Clewley, 14, of Somercotes, received the same honour after confronting a sex offender who followed her friend in a car.

The girls gave a description and the vehicle registration to police and officers traced the Nottingham man who was in breach of a sex offender order, according to police, and he was sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Chesterfield town centre security guards Eric Fisher and Mohamed Ayaz received the Derbyshire Constabulary Award after they helped police track down and detain a woman who had a knife.

Bolsover constables Peter Evans and Sarah Fraser received The Chief Constable’s Commendation for tackling a knife-wielding man during a domestic incident in Shirebrook.

The man was jailed for five months for affray.

Temporary Sgt Greg Hunt, Pcs Daniel Newcombe, Mark Reddish and David Morton and Special Constable Mark Thornley received Royal Humane Society honours after they saved a woman who poured accelerants on herself and set fire to her clothes.

Det Con Michelle Robinson, Constable Ebony Lee and retired Det Sgt Andy Gibbs were recognised with Chief Constable’s Commendation Citations after bringing a paedophile to justice for offences from the 1970s and 1980s.

Other award winners included the below:

A retired member of police staff has been presented with a British Empire Award by Derbyshire Constabulary.

The award was presented to Peter Taylor in recognition of his MBE that he received in June last year.

Peter was a police officer for 30 years and was the local community inspector at Chapel police station before retiring in 2002. He was then employed as an enquiry officer driving the mobile police station out and about in the High Peak and Derbyshire Dales.

Over the next nine years Peter went out of his way to solve problems and even made several arrests in his new ‘civilian’ capacity while out on his travels in the countryside. Peter retired from the force in March.

Chief Constable, Mick Creedon said: “Local people placed great trust in Peter and felt reassured by his ability and reliability. The local radio station would contact him throughout the day and he would provide advice to listeners on community safety matters and ongoing incidents like road and weather conditions.

“He has been presented with the British Empire silver pin to say thank you for his exceptional work.”

The pin, which may be worn informally by the holder in honour of appointment to the Order of the British Empire, was presented at a ceremony at police headquarters last night.

A retired constable has been given a Sporting Achievement Award for his successes on the track.

Former PC Kev Loftus was presented with the award at a ceremony last night (March 7) at police headquarters, Ripley.

Kev has just finished a 23 year policing career but before he joined the force, he had a love of sport, especially marathons and cross country. He has always enjoyed organising sporting events too. This he has kept up throughout his career, representing the constabulary and Police Sport UK at force, regional and national level in road running, marathon, cross country and track events. He has been secretary of the force’s athletics team for many years and the team was pleased to receive the John Newing Cup for Sporting Achievement back in 2009.

In his last year of service, Kev competed in the World Police and Fire Games in New York, entering the 3000 metre steeplechase. He faced 17 competitors from all over the world and brought home the bronze medal.

Kev, who worked at Chesterfield, has given a tremendous amount, both as a competitor but also as team selector, event organiser and motivator. He is not giving up the reins just yet as he is carrying on as athletics secretary for the time being.

Twenty three Derbyshire police officers, police staff and Special Constables have been recognised for their dedication to the police service.

Fifteen police officers received Long Service and Good Conduct medals for between 20 - 22 years’ service. They are Constable Leigh Rowe (Operational Support), Constable Paul Glover (Contact Management), Detective Tony Brittan (Derby), Constable Nicky Hopkinson (Crime Support), D/Constable 235 Peter Hopkinson (Clay Cross), D/Sergeant Stephanie Thandi (Crime Support), Constable Josh Baker (Operational Support).

D/Sergeant 276 David Brown (Crime Support), Constable Andy Bishton (Operational Support), Constable Steve Gregory (Buxton) Sergeant Martin Witney (Operational Support), Constable Derrick Avery (Crime Support), D/Sergeant Brian Jones (Crime Support), D/Inspector Matt Thompson (Chesterfield), D/Constable Peter Robinson (Ilkeston).

Special Constable Samantha Church received a long service medal for nine years’ service and Special Constable Anthony Shorthouse received a long service bar for 19 years’ service.

Evonne Parkin (Criminal Justice) was awarded a paperweight for 21 years’ service.

Stuart Grocott (Criminal Justice) Nigel Thorpe (Crime Support) Andy Eland (Contact Management) and Bill Storey (Bakewell) all received a crystal award for 40 years’ service.