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Success celebrated at Warwickshire Police Chief Constable's awards evening

The service and dedication of officers and staff from Warwickshire Police as well as members of the public has been recognised at a special ceremony.

The Warwickshire Police Chief Constable's awards evening took place at the Royal Spa Centre in Leamington on Tuesday evening (24 April).

Awards were presented by The Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire, Tim Cox and The High Sheriff of Warwickshire, Clare Sawdon.

A number of officers received Chief Constable's commendations during the evening. PC Nathan East was praised for displaying bravery as the first person on the scene at a house fire where a man and dog were trapped inside.

PCs Chris Batchelder and Edward Noy received commendations after catching two suspects in Fillongley that were known for burglary and violent crime and were wanted by other forces.

Also commended were Det Sgt Stuart Hinton, PS Kristian Shore, DC Neil Williamson and DC Clare Cresswell, and analyst Stuart Hall.

This was for their hard work during a two year investigation into an organised crime group supplying large quantities of heroin and crack cocaine, which ended with 22 suspects being charged and sentenced to a total of 89 years imprisonment.

The ceremony saw five further officers commended for their bravery - PC Chris Batchelder, PC Sarah Grassby, PC Andrew Dear, DC Stephen Mobbs and DC Paul Luke.

PCs Batchelder and Grassby were called to a burglary in Newton where their actions led directly to a prolific offender being brought to justice while DCs Mobbs and Luke were involved in the arrest of a man in Leamington who was wanted on recall to prison.

PC Dear was first on the scene following a serious collision on the A5 and helped paramedics with a casualty who was trapped.

Twelve officers each received a Police Long Service and Good Conduct medal for their long and meritorious service having joined back in 1998.

They were: DC Paul Hinton, PC Nicholas Condley, PC Russell Kelf, Sgt Russ Payne, DC Gary Hammond, PC Sam Gough, Insp Rich Thomas, PC Kirsti Tinsley, PC Paul Carruthers, Sgt Alan Edwards, DC Marcus Franklin and DC Stephen Reading.

Meanwhile Long Service Certificates were awarded to six police staff members - Alison Fitzpatrick, Laura Cassidy, Jeffrey Carruthers, Jenny Burn, Dawn Pincock and Geraldine Ashford.

Two members of the public were also awarded commendations for their bravery during an armed robbery in Kenilworth.

The final award of the evening was presented to Deputy Chief Constable, Karen Manners QPM, for her innovation, determination, resourcefulness and in recognition of everything she has done for policing nationally.

Warwickshire Police Chief Constable, Martin Jelley QPM, paid tribute to all the award winners: "I am incredibly proud to have been able to present these awards in recognition of the hard work and dedication of not only our officers and staff but also of the courage shown by members of our community.

"As a force, we do everything we can to protect our communities from harm and I'm delighted to hear some of the extraordinary efforts of those who have gone above and beyond while in the line of duty.

"It is also wonderful to have the opportunity to recognise brave members of public and I would like to congratulate them, along with everyone else for their actions."

Warwickshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Philip Seccombe, added: "These awards evenings are always uplifting and inspiring occasions.

"It is very pleasing to see the hard work and dedication of officers and police staff being recognised, alongside members of the public who have shown great courage in moments of adversity.

"I offer my congratulations to each and every person who received an award."

See below for photos from the event.

Warwickshire Police Chief Constable's awards evening

Issued: 12pm, Wednesday 25 April, Laura Maltby, Corporate Communications

Published 25/04/18