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Brave South Yorkshire police constable took on gun-toting thug

Crawford Roebuck Trophy - PC Ryan Griffiths  Shown L-R is the Mayor of Barnsley, Councillor Ken Richardson, Mayoress of Barnsley, Mrs Nadia Richardson, PC Ryan Griffiths, Chief Constable David Crompton, and The South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner,Shaun Wright.

Crawford Roebuck Trophy - PC Ryan Griffiths  Shown L-R is the Mayor of Barnsley, Councillor Ken Richardson, Mayoress of Barnsley, Mrs Nadia Richardson, PC Ryan Griffiths, Chief Constable David Crompton, and The South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner,Shaun Wright.

A police constable who confronted a man wielding a baseball bat and a gun while on duty alone in the snow has been recognised for his bravery at an awards ceremony.

PC Chris Foster, from Barnsley, was on duty in the town when officers received a report of a man being attacked with a baseball bat.

On arrival at the scene he confronted the attacker and was threatened with a gun which later turned out to be fake.

His pepper spray failed and he was involved in a violent struggle until back-up arrived and he managed to restrain the man, who was later jailed for three years.

He was among 10 police officers and staff honoured at the annual Barnsley District police awards.

The event at Barnsley Town Hall was attended by South Yorkshire Police Chief Constable David Crompton, Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright, and the Mayor of Barnsley, Coun Ken Richardson.

The awards were hosted by Chief Superintendent Andy Brooke.

Other winners included PC Ryan Griffiths, who was presented with the Crawford Roebuck Trophy for top contributing police officer, Claire Banks who was PCSO of the year, and PC Jayne Morriss, from Dearne, who was safer neighbourhood officer of the year.

The Don Betton award for top probationer constable went to PC Matthew Barnes for protecting a colleague and making a number of arrests during a disturbance involving over 50 people.

Sergeant Darren Taylor was presented with the Leaders in Action outstanding achievement award for developing the Special Constabulary in Barnsley, his mental health work and cutting anti-social behaviour.

The continuous improvement award went to PC Paul Jameson of Hoyland Safer Neighbourhood team, while manager of the year was business manager Mary Verity.

Chief Supt Brooke said: “As the local police commander, I am very much aware of the excellent work that takes place by my officers and staff on a day-to-day basis in making Barnsley a safe place.

“The awards presented are in recognition of particular commitment in protecting and supporting our communities. I am proud of what my officers do. These are very worthy recipients.”

 

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