A MILKMAN who tackled a gang of crooks has received a citizen’s award.
David Jones, of Ellesmere Port, was honoured by Cheshire police’s Western Area unit at the ceremony at Chester Town Hall.
He was among more than 50 residents and police officers to be commended for their bravery and public-spirted actions by the Divisional Commander, Chief Superintendent Tim Jackson, and Lord Mayor of Chester, Cllr Brian Bailey.
The event heard that, on January 11 this year, Mr Jones saw some suspicious male youths near the nursing home in Chester Road, Whitby. It appeared they were trying to steal a car. He called the police.
Constable Jack Atherton arrived, and Mr Jones pointed to the car, parked near the gunsmiths.
As the officer approached the car, three males got out of it and climbed over a nearby fence. The cop gave chase, then saw them emerging from a side alley.
He shouted to Mr Jones to try and stop them. PC Atherton managed to detain one of the youths and Mr Jones stopped another.
Despite the fact this youth was struggling with him, Mr Jones succeeded in keeping hold of him until other officers arrived to help.
Meanwhile, Sergeant Carlos Brunes and Constables Hannah Walsh, Graeme Carvell and Katie Bebb, who all work in the borough’s Neighbourhood Policing Unit, were given a commendation for their work detecting car crime in Ellesmere Port.
These officers established an operation to address vehicle crime and used a “trap car” to gather evidence against offenders.
One of the identified culprits refused to answer bail and the officers showed further dedication by locating him and then building a case of evidence which allowed him to be charged with 11 offences, the event heard.
Chief Superintendent Jackson said: “All of the officers and staff on the Western Area are fully committed to serving the public and while, these commendations have singled out a few, they are indicative of the work being carried out across the board.”
He added:“I am proud so many in Western Area show this level of service and dedication to helping others.”