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Police officers honoured

By Beth Perry 24th January 2018

Police officers honoured
Newquay police officers at the awards ceremony

POLICE officers in Newquay have had their bravery and professionalism recognised at a prestigious award ceremony which praised officers for how they dealt with difficult incidents.

A number of local officers received awards at the Cornwall Police Awards ceremony County Hall in Truro.

A police team from Newquay helped save a young family from a violent man. PC Scott Robinson, PC Robert Clue and Sgt Andy Robinson received a Chief Superintendent’s Commendation for skill, professionalism and bravery, along with PC Alan Bull, PC Ben Jobes and Sgt Marc Griffin who received a Superintendent’s Certificate.

The incident in November 2016 saw police rescue a young family after the mother’s partner, who was armed with a knife, locked himself and the family inside a home in Newquay.

Sgt Griffin and PC Bull were called to a domestic disturbance. On their arrival, ‘displaying great courage’, they helped the distraught mother and her 11-year-old daughter to escape through a lounge window. The man had locked them and four other young children in the house and, armed with a knife, was stabbing doors and fixtures, displaying extreme violence. He tried to smash through the front door and was threatening to kill his partner and officers.

Armed officers PC Scott Robinson, PC Clue and dog handler PC Jobes arrived. PC Jobes went to the back of the property on his own risking serious injury if the man had tried to leave through the rear. Hostage negotiators Sgt Andy Robinson and a colleague starting negotiating with the man who was frenzied and uncooperative.

A police spokesperson said: “Their skill and professionalism was crucial in successfully resolving the incident. Over the course of several hours they eventually persuaded him to give himself up. The degree of violence and risk presented by the suspect was extreme and thankfully very rare. He was given a two-year prison sentence suspended for two years.”

PCs Andria Pollock and Lewis Vague were recognised for their role in saving a heart attack motorist, each officer receiving a Chief Superintendent’s Commendation for their actions.

PCs Pollock and Vague were escorting a prisoner to a custody centre when they came across a single car collision on Trevemper Road. A 70-year-old man had suffered a heart attack and crashed his car into a hedge. The officers ran to offer assistance and found the man had stopped breathing. They pulled him from the driver’s seat and performed CPR. The custody officer at Newquay had heard the incident on the radio and he took a defibrillator to the scene.

It registered an output and PCs Pollock and Vague continued to perform CPR for several minutes until the ambulance arrived to take him to hospital where he recovered.
Without the quick thinking of the officers, he would not have survived.

Two Newquay police officers and a translator were commended for their role in protecting a horrific assault victim and helping the victim escape her long-term tormentor. DC Alistair Hellyar, translator Alexandria Swain and DC Sarah Brown were all commended for their commitment and actions which helped a woman escape her ‘horrific’ situation.

The incident happened after witnesses reported an assault on a Romanian woman who could speak little English. Police say she appeared timid, isolated and traumatised but translator Mrs Swain developed a relationship with her. DC Hellyar investigated the case and had serious concerns for her safety.  DC Brown interviewed the victim and obtained the evidence that the investigation needed to proceed to court.

Mrs Swain supported the woman and translated both for the police and support services. Through her personality, empathy and compassion, she built a relationship with the victim leading to her gradually disclosing the full horror of how she had been living.

DCs Hellyar and Brown received a Superintendent’s Certificate whilst Mrs Swain received a Good Citizenship award.

By Beth Perry 24th January 2018

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