Police reward bravery and dedication

OUTSTANDING acts of police bravery and dedication have been recognised at an awards ceremony. A number of officers from Suffolk Constabulary were praised for their actions at the annual event, held yesterday at police headquarters in Martlesham.

OUTSTANDING acts of police bravery and dedication have been recognised at an awards ceremony.

A number of officers from Suffolk Constabulary were praised for their actions at the annual event, held yesterday at police headquarters in Martlesham.

Police staff and members of the public were also among the recipients of the 30 awards.

Pc David Horne received the Chief Constable's Commendation in recognition of his professionalism during the rescue of a woman threatening to jump from the Orwell Bridge on December 31 last year.

The awards ceremony heard how Pc Horne showed compassion, courage and perseverance in saving the woman's life.

Pc Leanne Fairweather and Pc Jordan Giddins also received the Chief Constable's Commendations for their bravery when they burst into a burning house in Hollesley before rescuing the occupant.

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Meanwhile, Pcso Jacqueline Abbott scooped the coveted Sheepshanks Trophy for her work with the Leiston and Aldeburgh Safer Neighbourhood Team.

Annette Roberts, a member of the public, was presented with the Chief Constable's Certificate of Appreciation gong.

On October 26 last year, Miss Roberts witnessed a robbery at a shop in Ipswich's Norwich Road, in which an elderly woman was robbed of her purse.

She gave chase and eventually caught the offender, receiving minor injuries in the process, before detaining them until the police arrived.

Acting sergeant Christopher Clark and Pc David Colbridge received the Chief Constable's Commendations for locating a missing person in Lowestoft.

Sergeant Tamlyn Burgess, based at Bury St. Edmunds, won the Cheryl Lloyd Award in recognition of her dedication and commitment.

Do you know an officer who deserves recognition? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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