Acts Of Bravery Praised In Chief Constable Commendations Ceremony

Exceptional acts of selflessness, compassion and bravery across Cambridgeshire have been recognised – with praise also going to a celebrity this year. 

The Chief Constable’s Commendations and Long Service Ceremony took place at force headquarters in Hinchingbrooke last night (14 March) with awards going to those who had gone above and beyond.

This round of awards also shone the spotlight on Channel 4 documentary Famous and Fighting Crime – with the actions of celebrity Katie Piper and officers in the last episode of the series commended.

Chief Constable Nick Dean praised everyone who had excelled as he presented the awards.

He said: “As we present these awards it is overwhelming to read the stories of outstanding bravery, compassion and kindness towards others in very difficult circumstances.  

“You have stepped up to help someone in need, to put your own lives at risk and to go above and beyond for the people of Cambridgeshire – and to each and every one of you, I say thank you.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Jason Ablewhite added: “One of the most rewarding parts of my role is meeting members of the public who tell me just how supportive you have been, especially when people have been in difficult situations or unpleasant circumstances. 

“What you do on a daily basis is outstanding and to be able to recognise and celebrate your efforts is a real honour.”

Julie Spence, Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, attended the event to present the Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal to officers who had served 20 years or more within the force.

Other officers, police staff and members of the public were also commended for their actions.

TV star Katie Piper, together with Sgt Michael Johnson, PC Danny Cummings, PC Craig Farrington and PC Nathan Southerland were thanked for their bravery in the early hours of 23 May last year.

The team of officers, accompanied by Katie during filming for the Channel 4 series, led residents to safety after a block of flats in Peterborough caught fire.

Small children were carried from the building and elderly residents were helped to safety by the team, who arrived on scene before the fire service. 

More than 50 flats were evacuated. Some officers received treatment for smoke inhalation, but remained on duty.

PC Chris Cawdery was given the Testimonial on Vellum award after single-handedly pulling a man from the wreckage of a crash in Peterborough.

He was first on the scene after a car left the A47 and crashed through trees and a fence in Bretton Fields before catching fire on 1 January, 2016.

The driver was conscious but injured and trapped. PC Cawdery got into the car through the passenger door and dragged the man to safety – almost certainly saving his life.

PC Tamsin Nichols, PC Rosie Wilkes and off-duty nurse Shirley Slender received a Royal Humane Society award for saving the life of a woman who had collapsed in Elm, Wisbech on 27 May last year.

DC Clemie Yaxley, PC Simon Berrill, Sgt Hayley Carter, PC Kurtis Irving, PC Anna Pollard and two members of the public were commended for a courageous team effort that helped save the life of a man in Peterborough. 

On the morning of 29 November last year police were called after a man climbed over the Fletton Parkway bridge near Oxney Road. 

The road was closed and DC Yaxley, who was off duty, controlled the man, with help from members of the public, and held his hand.  

Two members of the public also climbed over the barrier to help. One had lost his mother to suicide just two weeks previously and felt compelled to help in spite of his fear. 

PCs Pollard and Irving were the first on-duty officers on the scene and asked members of the public to grab whatever they could to secure a makeshift harness – using rope, dog leads and even telephone wiring. 

PC Irving, who had only been on shift for five weeks, leaned over the barrier to hold the man while Sergeant Carter coordinated a response with limited resources. After liaising with fire and ambulance, the man was brought back to safety.

Julio O’Malley, aged just 14, was praised for his bravery after saving the life of his mum on 25 March, 2018.

Julio was upstairs at his Peterborough home when he heard a commotion downstairs. He went to investigate and saw a man attacking his mother, who was covered in blood and begging for her life. 

Acting quickly and with outstanding bravery, Julio stamped on the offender’s head as he lay grappling with his mother on the floor. This allowed Julio and his mother to escape and call police. 

Julio’s mother believes her son’s actions that night saved her life. In October last year, Jonathan Youthed was jailed for 10 years for GBH with intent, threats to kill and racially aggravated harassment. 

Sergeants Darren Gore and Carl Harris were also praised for saving a woman who was threatening to drown herself in a lake in Peterborough in December last year.

PCs Lewis Busby and Harry Howe were praised for their actions to save a man’s life by holding onto his arms as he dangled from the top of a multi-storey car park in Peterborough on New Year’s Eve 2018. 

To see photos from the night, click here.

Advertisements

Weekly Policing Update – Somersham District 8th-14th March

Here is our weekly summary of offences and incidents affecting your community, reported to police during the period 8th to 14th March:

 
Chatteris Road, Somersham – A suspicious off-road vehicle suspected of being involved in hare-coursing, very muddy with several dogs inside, was seen driving off a field onto Chatteris Road, Somersham, on Sunday afternoon, 10th March. It was last seen driving slowly along the road, possibly looking for another field to enter. Police issued an alert to patrols in the area to be on the lookout for the vehicle. (Ref CC-10032019-0208)
 
Church Street, Wood Hurst – Police were called to a house on Church Street, Woodhurst, on Sunday evening, 10th March, where a single car had crashed into a garden wall, also knocking over a lamp-post and hitting a heating-oil container causing oil to escape. The driver was reported to have sustained slight injuries in the incident. Police called out the Fire Brigade to assess the danger relating to the fuel oil leak and exposed electric cables in the lamp-post. (Ref CC-10032019-0389)
 
Coronation Avenue, Somersham – A young male suspect was seen climbing over a fence into the garden of a house on Coronation Avenue, Somersham, on Monday afternoon, 11th March. The suspect ran off down the road when disturbed but a slat in the fence was left damaged. No other offences were reported. (Ref 35/17556/19)
   
Long Drove, Somersham – CCTV recorded images of three male suspects wearing balaclava helmets and carrying torches arriving at an industrial unit on Long Drove, Somersham, at 7:30 pm on Wednesday evening, 13th March, cutting through a padlock and entering the compound. After having a good look around the site, they drove off without committing any other offences. (Ref 35/17964/19)
  
Fen Road, Pidley – Thieves stole approximately 20 six-foot fence panels from a building site on Fen Road, Pidley, overnight on Wednesday 13th / Thursday 14th March. The panels formed part of a fence around the site and the thieves damaged several posts in order to steal them. (Ref 35/17901/19)
  
Parkhall Road, Somersham – Police received several reports of a burst water main and possibly a sewage pipe leaking onto Parkhall Road, Somersham, on Thursday evening, 14th March. The incident was passed to Anglian Water and police stood ready to assist if required. (Ref CC-14032019-0424)


To see details of Policing Summaries for neighbouring areas, please click on the following link and scroll down the page to select areas of interest:

https://www.ecops.org.uk/alert_archive

Please be aware that these reports do not contain all details of all reported crime. We do not publish details of domestic related offences or anything which may put a person at risk if information regarding the crime was made public.

As always, if you have information relating to any offence, or are concerned about any suspicious activities, please contact police by using any of these methods:

  • the ‘101’ non-emergency telephone number;
     
  • the on-line web-chat tool on the new Cambridgeshire Constabulary web-site – click on the green icon;
     
  • Alternatively, you can use ‘Crimestoppers’ to make a report anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or by using their on-line contact form.

In an emergency, or if you witness a crime in progress, always use ‘999’.

Weekly Policing Update – Somersham District 22nd to 28th February

Here is our weekly summary of offences and incidents affecting your community, reported to police during the period 22nd to 28th February:

Bridge Road, Broughton – Police received a report of poachers operating in a field off Bridge Road, Broughton, late on Sunday evening, 24th February. Two off-road vehicles had been spotted with two men in each, one of whom was using a bright spotlight to petrify animals. A police patrol was dispatched and officers searched the area, but unfortunately the poachers had managed to drive off the field through a gate and escape. (Ref CC-24022019-0544)

Parkhall Road, Somersham – A lady lost her purse, probably dropped somewhere on Parkhall Road, Somersham, on Wednesday morning, 27th February. She was unaware of the loss until she received a phone call from someone pretending to be from a major high street department store, asking her to provide her security details and PIN number. Fortunately the victim realised that this was a scam and cancelled all of her cards before any fraudulent transactions were made. (Ref 35/14075/19)

Church Street, Somersham – The side window of a silver Citroen van, left parked outside its owner’s house on Church Street, Somersham, was smashed by an unknown person during the night of Wednesday 27th / Thursday 28th February. This set off the van’s alarm and probably frightened the perpetrator off, as the van was not entered and nothing was stolen. (Ref 35/14282/19)
 
St Ives Road, Somersham – Police were called to an incident on St Ives Road, Somersham, on Thursday afternoon, 28th February, where a single car had left the road and rolled over. Fortunately the two occupants escaped unhurt and recovery of the car was already underway so no further police involvement was required. (Ref CC-28022019-0323)



To see details of Policing Summaries for neighbouring areas, please click on the following link and scroll down the page to select areas of interest:

https://www.ecops.org.uk/alert_archive

Please be aware that these reports do not contain all details of all reported crime. We do not publish details of domestic related offences or anything which may put a person at risk if information regarding the crime was made public.

As always, if you have information relating to any offence, or are concerned about any suspicious activities, please contact police by using any of these methods:

  • the ‘101’ non-emergency telephone number;
     
  • the on-line web-chat tool on the new Cambridgeshire Constabulary web-site – click on the green icon;
     
  • Alternatively, you can use ‘Crimestoppers’ to make a report anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or by using their on-line contact form.

In an emergency, or if you witness a crime in progress, always use ‘999’.

eCops – Hammer-Wielding Thief Identified After Media Appeal

Thanks to help from members of the public, we identified and convicted a hammier-wielding thief who stole from a convenience store in Earith.

Rodney Loveridge, of Hermitage Lane in Greenfield, Bedford, targeted Bridge End Stores on the evening of 8 August last year.

The 39-year-old visited the small convenience store, which is also a post office, at 8.41pm, Cambridge Crown Court heard. 

At the time there was only one member of staff working.

Loveridge approached the store counter with a small hammer in his right hand. He began waving the hammer at the shop worker, who had already noticed the hammer in his hand but was behind the counter.

He told the worker he wanted some cigarettes but instead of getting them, she went into the staff office behind a stronger security door.

The woman stayed in the back office and attempted to call for help, but then saw Loveridge approach the door to the counter where the alcohol was displayed.

Believing he would try to come through the security door where she was, the woman grabbed a bat to defend herself with and came back into the shop.

Loveridge attempted to grab alcohol from behind the till, but the woman shouted at him and urged him to stop.

He ignored her and continued picking up bottles of alcohol, but the woman hit Loveridge on the arm with the bat in a bid to get him to leave the store.

Shortly after this Loveridge left the shop holding several small bottles of alcohol. The woman followed a short while later to see where he had gone, and spotted Loveridge getting into the back of a white car.

CCTV of the incident was obtained from the store and Loveridge was identified after officers released the images of him as part of a media appeal. 

In police interview Loveridge said he didn’t remember committing the offence as he had been drinking whiskey, but admitted it was him in the footage. 

He told officers he stole the drink from the store because he was an alcoholic.

Loveridge said 10 minutes before going into the store he had been hitchhiking from his house and had got lifts from ‘various drivers’ before ending up in Earith.

He told officers he didn’t remember owning a hammer and must have got a lift away from the store by a stranger.

Loveridge said he felt ‘terrible’ about his actions and admitted he wouldn’t have done it if he hadn’t been drinking.

He previously pleaded guilty to theft at Cambridge Crown Court. At the same court yesterday (Wednesday, 30 January) he also pleaded guilty to affray.

He was sentenced to a 12-month community order and handed 80 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to complete a 20-day rehabilitation activity requirement. 

DC Jennifer Park, who investigated, said: “Despite drinking beforehand, Loveridge thought nothing of going into the shop armed, terrifying a staff member in the process, and stealing the bottles of alcohol. 

“The shop worker involved in this incident should be publically thanked for her bravery which eventually led to Loveridge leaving the store.

“Loveridge was identified after a CCTV media appeal and we’d like to thank the members of the public who helped us identify him and secure this conviction.”

eCops – Weekly Policing Update – Somersham District

Here is our weekly summary of offences and incidents affecting your community, reported to police during the period 18th to 25th January:



East Street, Colne – Police received a report of a break-in and burglary at a house on East Street, Colne, on Monday 21st January. Intruders appear to have entered the house by forcing the doors to a conservatory, but no further information is available at the moment. (Ref CC-21012019-0177)


St Ives Road, Woodhurst – Police are investigating the theft of a cocker spaniel dog from its kennel at an address on St Ives Road, Woodhurst, that happened in the early hours of Wednesday 23rd January. The thieves broke off padlocks on gates into the site then cut away the chain securing the chocolate-brown female spaniel to its kennel. At the moment no-one has reported noticing anything suspicious in the area at the time. (Ref 35/5305/19)


Chatteris Road, Somersham – A police patrol was dispatched to search along Chatteris Road, Somersham, on Wednesday afternoon, 23rd January, following a report of men and dogs in one or two off-road vehicles seen hare-coursing on fields in the area. A suspicious vehicle was spotted driving from Pidley towards Huntingdon, but no other likely vehicles were found. (Ref CC-23012019-0197)

To see details of Policing Summaries for neighbouring areas, please click on the following link and scroll down the page to select areas of interest:
https://www.ecops.org.uk/alert_archive

Please be aware that these reports do not contain all details of all reported crime. We do not publish details of domestic related offences or anything which may put a person at risk if information regarding the crime was made public.

As always, if you have information relating to any offence, or are concerned about any suspicious activities, please contact police by using any of these methods:

  • the ‘101’ non-emergency telephone number;
     
  • the on-line web-chat tool on the new Cambridgeshire Constabulary web-site – click on the green icon;
     
  • Alternatively, you can use ‘Crimestoppers’ to make a report anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or by using their on-line contact form.

In an emergency, or if you witness a crime in progress, always use ‘999’.


eCops – Round-Up Of Last Weeks Convictions

Please find below a round-up of last week’s convictions relating to Huntingdonshire. If you wish to see all news please visit the news section on our website https://www.cambs.police.uk/news-and-appeals/news-and-appeals.

A man who was found with almost 1000 indecent images of children has been placed on the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years. Victor Potter, 70, was arrested in February 2017 following a police investigation into the sharing of indecent images of children. Potter, of Knights Close, Eaton Socon, refused to say whether there was any illegal content on his computer. Read more at: https://www.cambs.police.uk/news-and-appeals/St-Neots-paedophile-convicted

Police have obtained a court order in a bid to safeguard potential victims against human trafficking after an investigation at a Fenland car wash last year. Officers visited the car wash on 12 September, together with members of the Gangmaster and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) and immigration officials. Information given to police suggested that car wash staff were being mistreated by the management and had been working long hours for minimum wage. Officers observed that none of the staff had a contract of employment or paid national insurance or tax. They were all paid in cash, and no staff members were wearing any form of protective clothing. Read more at: https://www.cambs.police.uk/news-and-appeals/police-court-order-human-trafficking-modern-slavery-act

A man was found acting suspiciously outside a restaurant in Cambridge with a large kitchen knife in his coat pocket. Fernando Matias Facada, 18, was seen by police behaving suspiciously outside the restaurant at Clifton Leisure Park, in Clifton Way, Cambridge, on 30 November. The officer approached and he tried to flee but was caught and arrested after a short chase. Read more at: https://www.cambs.police.uk/news-and-appeals/Cambridge-knife-detained-suspended-sentence

A man who stormed through his ex-girlfriend’s house armed with a metal pole was arrested four days later trying to flee the UK, a court heard. Brian Condron, of Station Road in Oakington, split up with the woman a fortnight before the offence took place. The victim in the case ended their 18-month relationship due to his abusive behaviour. However Condron, 44, turned up at the woman’s house in Cambridge in the early hours of 12 August last year (2018), Cambridge Crown Court heard. Read more at: https://www.cambs.police.uk/news-and-appeals/brian-condron-court-sentencing-criminal-damage

Knives Ruin Lives

It is unlikely to have escaped our residents attention that there has been significant national press coverage around violent and knife crime.

Officers from Huntingdonshire Local Policing team will be conducting a 72-hour operation to raise awareness and to educate young people by focusing our resources on primary schools, secondary schools and colleagues. Officers will also be conducting plain clothed patrols in and around the Huntingdon area to coincide with the programme of education.

There is a knife amnesty been in place at Huntingdon Police Station throughout this week.

Whilst the officers will be focusing on offences relating to knife and violent crime, they will also be proactively on the lookout for offences such as burglary and theft from motor vehicles and the individuals suspected to be responsible for these crimes. Officers can only carry out effective intelligence led and targeted patrols if we continue to receive information from the public.

Call 101 or visit www.cambs.police.uk/report . Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit http://ow.ly/bfLa30njbxZ

We will be posting regular updates on our Facebook page throughout the operation.


Regards,
PCSO 7293 HURLEY
Online Communities PCSO