Award for brave cops and residents

PC Simon Toon with Ch Sup Andy Battle
PC Simon Toon with Ch Sup Andy Battle
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A brave motorist who pulled crash victims from burning vehicles and cops who stopped a knife-weilding man threatening children have been honoured by police.

PCs Simon Toon and Lewis Hibbert were recognised at the Wakefield District Police awards ceremony for their bravery in tackling Shuan Askham as he chased youngsters with a ‘Rambo’ style hunting knife at The Green in September last year.

Police Awards

Police Awards

The unarmed officers were on patrol when they spotted Askham, who was later jailed for 12 months on a charge of affray.

Also nominated for an award was Featherstone resident Mark Bird.

Mr Bird, who came across a two car smash in Common Side Lane last July, pulled a driver from a vehicle moments before it burst into flames.

The good samaritan, of Pontefract Road, also received an award from the Royal Human Society for saving the man and woman from their vehicles.

Ch SupAndy Battle of Wakefield District Police, said: “This summer’s awards really highlight some of the selflessness, community spirit and dedication to the common good we can witness in Wakefield from both police staff and residents.

“Actions such as unarmed PC’s tackling an armed man to protect children, or Mr Bird’s bravery in rescuing stranded motorists are an example to us all and I congratulate them and the other residents and police staff recognised in this ceremony.

“Wakefield is a safe place with low and reducing crime rates and with the dedication, care and compassion shown by some of those awarded that trend is only set to continue.”

Residents and officers were honoured at a special ceremony last week at the force training school.