Have-a-go heroes praised for diffusing race riot

Chief Superintendents Award (L-R): Paul Johnston, David Roberts, PC3387 Jackie Cawley, Superintendent Peter Norman, Laura Hallwood, Danielle Forbes and Beki Bolton. Not present Richard Morris.
Chief Superintendents Award (L-R): Paul Johnston, David Roberts, PC3387 Jackie Cawley, Superintendent Peter Norman, Laura Hallwood, Danielle Forbes and Beki Bolton. Not present Richard Morris.

A GROUP of people who bravely stepped in to help defuse a mini race riot in Doncaster town centre have been recognised for their heroic actions.

Enraged passers-by were seeking retribution against a man alleged to have racially attacked and abused an Asian shopkeeper and a black security guard.

At one point an angry mob of around 45 people gathered in French Gate and PC Jackie Cawley had to call on assistance from civilians to prevent a major public order disturbance.

Town centre ambassador Paul Johnston, 48, and Sainsbury’s security officer David Roberts, 47, came to the officer’s aid, and four members of staff at The Cash Shop on French Gate held two teenagers in their strongroom while police reinforcements arrived.

Chief Superintendent’s Commendations were presented to PC Cawley, Paul and David, The Cash Shop manager, Beki Boulton, 27, and her three colleagues, Richard Morris, 32, Danielle Forbes, 25, and Laura Hallwood, 24, following the incident six weeks ago. Presenting the commendations Supt Peter Norman said: “You are a credit to the community.”