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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2016-11-17

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3 local men get National Police and Public Bravery Awards
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THE Police Service have honoured the bravery of 3 local men last night at the National Police and Public Bravery Awards. 3 members of the public from Merseyside were honoured at the 51st Annual NPCC Police Public Bravery Awards held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bloomsbury, in London. Stephen Smith, Christopher Horton and Sean Leek won a Gold medal at the awards, which are sponsored by The Goldsmith's Company. The awards recognise members of the public for actions, which support the Police in preserving law and order. The 2016 awards ceremony recognised the acts of 94 people for their courage and bravery. Here's Stephen Smith, Christopher Horton and Sean Leek's story...

On a Sunday evening, an armed robbery occurred at a store in Merseyside. A largely built male entered the store, brandishing a long barrelled black handgun at the female cashier. The male was dressed in black clothing with his face partially covered from view. Money was demanded from the till and the lone female cashier stood back so that the male offender could reach over and take it. The offender then left the store and the alarm was raised with colleagues in the stock area at the back of the store. Despite knowing that a firearm had been used during the offence, Stephen Smith, Christopher Horton and Sean Leek immediately ran out to the roadway at the front of the store and spotted the suspect walking calmly along a road opposite. They shouted at the male who then began to run. With no fear for their own safety, all 3 gave chase. The offender realised he was being pursued and turned into a side road, before stopping and again raising the handgun towards the three men, telling them to get back. The offender continued to run and, in an effort to evade capture, ran into the rear of a nearby garden. Without fear for themselves, the three men continued to chase the suspect into the gardens, which were dark and unlit. They lost sight of the offender for a short period of time and, in an effort to locate him, split up so that a larger area could be contained. A local resident indicated that a male was in an adjacent garden and the three men approached the offender who then became violent. The three then restrained the offender, whilst securing a bag which contained the firearm and cash stolen from the store, until the arrival of the Police. The offender was charged and remanded in custody.

Merseyside Police Chief Constable Andy Cooke said:- "The actions of all of our winners show true community spirit. It's always humbling when we see members of the public take such positive action, to keep other members of their community safe. Their actions were completely selfless and deserve to commended. We are committed to putting our communities 1st and the awards given at last night show that members of our communities have that same ethos. I am honoured to have been able to attend the awards evening."

Honorary Awards Secretary, Chief Constable Stephen Watson, said:- "Each of those honoured put themselves in harm's way to ensure the safety of others. They acted with bravery and public spiritedness in a desperate moment and it's an absolute honour to be able to recognise them in this way."


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