AN awards ceremony has been held to celebrate the achievements of Cheshire Constabulary officers in Ellesmere Port.
Heroic acts including rescues, the protection of vulnerable people and attempts to save lives were commended.
Officers were also celebrated for high standards of police work which brought criminals to justice as well as dealing with anti-social behaviour and drug dealing.
The following received awards:
PC AMY BEAUMONT has helped to reduce the number of victims of anti-social behaviour in Ellesmere Port and Neston in the last 12 months by more than 1,000. She now has an expanded role under a restructuring programme in the newly formed anti-social behaviour unit in Ellesmere Port.There are 26 repeat offenders in Ellesmere Port who have had Anti-Social Behaviour Orders or Criminal Anti-Social Behaviour Order restrictions imposed on them as a result of evidence gathered and presented by PC Beaumont. Among them were two brothers, each handed two-year ASBOs, who had led a group of youths which caused considerable nuisance and distress to neighbours and the wider community. A youth who was subjecting residents of Parklea to verbal and physical abuse was convicted and imprisoned for four months and is subject to a two-year ASBO on his release. A 45-year-old woman from Maple Avenue who made her neighbours life a misery was also handed a two-year ASBO. A woman who made in excess of 150 calls to the emergency services was arrested and the file of evidence presented by PC Beaumont resulted in a three-year CRASBO.
DC NICOLA EDGELL AND DC PETER JONES carried out an investigation which led to an attacker being locked up for 10 years. In August 2010 a man carrying a large kitchen knife forced his way into a home in Neston. He threatened to kill the householder and began a ferocious attack, stabbing him to the body and head. The victim eventually managed to grab the blade of the knife, an action which undoubtedly saved his life. A passing neighbour saw what was happening and intervened to stop the assault. The offender was interviewed by DC Edgell and DC Jones and the man was charged with attempted murder, aggravated burglary and drink-driving. The officers maintained a close liaison with the victim, witnesses and the Crown Prosecution Service throughout the investigation, which ultimately led to the offender making a full admission and he was sentenced and ordered to pay £25,000 compensation in December 2010. DCs Edgell and Jones paid meticulous attention to detail in this case, ensuring a dangerous offender was removed from society. Both officers received a Chief Superintendent’s Commendation.
DS SHAUN PYKE AND DC NEIL DOLEMAN helped to bring a gang of robbers to justice. In 2010 a number of armed robberies took place in the Western Area, involving a team of masked men who were targeting licensed premises and restaurants. The attacks were usually just before closing time, threatening staff with knives and forcing them to open safes and empty tills. The threat of violence escalated throughout the period, with notable incidents in Weaverham and at Cheshire Oaks. DS Pyke and DC Doleman co-ordinated the initial response, including searches and the securing of outstanding property, obtained key witness statements, and identified the suspects by reviewing the CCTV and intelligence using local knowledge. A subsequent interview of one of the suspects led him to crucial disclosures which proved pivotal to the investigation. As a result of the professional work and creative thinking of all the officers involved, the offenders appeared at Chester Crown Court, where they received lengthy custodial prison sentences. DS Pyke and DC Doleman showed commitment and excellent investigative skills throughout this investigation.
PC PETER DUGDALE was on patrol one Saturday morning in March when he saw a BMW car which had been stolen in Ellesmere Port two days earlier. He signalled the car to stop but it sped off. The officer followed for more than 22 miles, at times reaching speeds in excess of 110 miles per hour. During the pursuit the BMW sped the wrong way along a dual carriageway. The chase came to an abrupt end when the BMW attempted a handbrake turn and crashed into a traffic bollard. PC Dugdale was commended for remaining calm and professional as well as giving an exemplary commentary with a clear description of the vehicle and the driver’s behaviour, which allowed colleagues to position themselves at key locations in order to intercept the car. The quality of the commentary and pursuit ultimately led to the man’s erratic driving and his attempt to handbrake turn the vehicle and lose control. The actions of PC Dugdale led to a safe resolution of the incident and apprehension of a prolific burglar.
PC EMMA NASH, PC ROBIN FISHER, PC KIERAN LAVERY AND PC NICHOLAS WATTS traced and rescued a man who had been reported missing from his home in Ellesmere Port. Combining information gained in a mobile phone conversation with local knowledge, they traced his car to an isolated area and rescued him from the vehicle, which was full of noxious fumes. Swift and professional action by these officers undoubtedly saved the man’s life. All four officers played a crucial role in the search and recovery of the man.
DC STEPHEN OWENS AND PC KENNETH RICHARDSON were involved in a long and complex investigation which resulted in lengthy prison sentences for two professional criminals. At 9.30pm on Thursday, November 20, 2008, two security guards were delivering cash to a bank in Ellesmere Port when a car skidded to a halt and two men with their faces covered snatched a cassette full of cash from one of the guards. His leg was seriously injured when he was knocked to the ground. The offenders sped off with the stolen cassette, containing £37,000. A stolen car was found on fire a short distance away and dyed cash and a balaclava were recovered. Shortly afterwards PC Richardson saw a VW Golf speeding over the Runcorn bridge toward Merseyside. Reaching speeds of up to 140mph, the car smashed into a scooter, knocking the rider to the ground and dislocating his shoulder. The car was later found abandoned with dyed cash and pieces of broken cash box nearby. DC Owens carried out a two-year investigation, which included hours of CCTV footage together with forensic and mobile phone data.He was eventually able to build up a telephone network that linked the suspects to the robbery and showed they had conspired together to commit the offence. The offenders subsequently appeared at Crown Court, where they were handed lengthy prison sentences. PC Richardson’s professionalism and intuition, combined with DC Owens meticulous investigation, ensured these dangerous criminals were brought to justice.
PC OLIVER CARRUTHERS is beat manager for the Grange and Pooltown areas. He is an inspiration to his colleagues and leads by example and his team members have all supported his nomination for recognition. He instigated and managed Operation Belkin, a six-month operation in response to incidents of anti-social behaviour which targeted vulnerable members of the community in the Ecclestone Avenue area. Through professional evidence gathering and working closely with partner agencies, anti-social behaviour in the area was all but eradicated and the two main protagonists received ASBOs.PC Carruthers also lead Operation Elf, a joint investigation with CID into the harassment of a family and an arson attack by a man who became infatuated with their daughter. The man involved represented a considerable threat to the family but, thanks to PC Carruthers, he was convicted and had a five-year restraining and supervision order imposed, ensuring he was closely monitored by the probation and mental health services. In September 2010 PC Carruthers instigated Operation Castor in response to concerns regarding the supply of controlled drugs in the area. Officers were able to seize Class A and Class B drugs with street values of tens of thousands of pounds and in excess of £15,000 in cash. PC Carruthers has also been successful in his application and examination enabling him to shortly begin his detective training.