Awards for Wakefield’s crime fighters

Wakefield Division police awards
Wakefield Division police awards

A constable described as ‘a one man crime fighting machine’ was among those honoured at the Wakefield Divisional Police Awards.

More than 30 awards were handed out last Thursday evening at the awards ceremony held at the Force Training School at Bishopgarth.

Chief Superintendent Andy Battle, divisional commander 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 District 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.”

The Central neighbourhood police team (NPT) picked up an award for being one of the best performing NPTs in the division having made more than 150 arrests.

NPT officer PC Darren Dixon also received an individual award.

Chief Supt Battle said he had been chosen for his professionalism and dedication on numerous occasions.

PC Dixon also arrested a man at Kirkgate railway station while he was off duty and he had also managed to arrest a number of suspects single-handedly whilst on another job.

Chief Supt Battle said PC Dixon has been described as a one man crime fighting team by his colleagues.

Members of the public also received awards for helping police bring criminals to justice.

Edward England rescued a woman he witnessed being assaulted in August 2012 in the city. He saw the victim being pulled into some bushes and raced to her aid, freeing her from her attacker and preventing her from being subjected to a much worse ordeal.

A man was later arrested and sentenced to three years in custody for attempted kidnap for the offence.

PCs Simon Toon and Lewis Hibbert were awarded for their bravery in tackling a man in Airedale who was chasing children armed with a Rambo-style knife.

The Assistant Chief Constable’s and Royal Human Society Award was given to Mark Bird who rescued a driver after a smash in Featherstone.

Chief Supt Battle also praised DI Stuart Spencer, DC Barry Aveyard, DC Helen Boycott-Law and Joe Bradshaw for their tenacity and professionalism in a three-year investigation into corruption that led to substantial jail sentences for the criminals convicted.

DCI Simon Atkinson, DI Stephen Snow, DS Milton Lennon, DC Andrew Lister, DC Lorna Ratcliffe, DC Paul Kravtschuk, DC Andrew Elener, Claire Dufton, Donna Hill and Lynne Thompson were given an award for their work on an fatal road accident in July 2011.

Divisional award winners 2013

Wakefield Central NPT

Chloe Froggett

DC John Hutchinson

DC Jonathon Wynn

DC Gary Wetherill

PC Darren Booth

PC Simon Toon

PC Lewis Hibbert

Mark Bird

PC Dean Winter

PC Justin Hayward

PC Andrew Mortby

PC Christopher Tune

PC David Malik

Hayley Lyons

PC Stacey Caddick

DCI Simon Atkinson

DI Stephen Snow

DS Milton Lennon

DC Andrew Lister

DC Lorna Ratcliffe

DC Paul Kravtschuk

DC Andrew Elener

Claire Dufton

Donna Hill

Lynne Thompson