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Solihull Police Awards recognise outstanding officers in Shirley

Officers have been honoured for their bravery and quick-thinking at this week’s Solihull Police Awards

Chief Supt Sally Bourner
Chief Supt Sally Bourner

Officers have been honoured for their bravery and quick-thinking at this week’s Solihull Police Awards.

The ceremony, held at The Bridge community centre, Shirley, recognised the men and women who have distinguished themselves in the line-of-duty.

Chief Supt Sally Bourner, who is responsible for policing in the borough, said: “It’s about sharing the incredible things you do.”

Among those to receive a Commander’s Award was DC Chris Burt, whose efforts have put an armed burglar behind bars for five years.

On April 9, the knife-wielding thief had broken into a 91-year-old’s home - in Ronald Grove, Castle Bromwich, fortunately the pensioner was out at the time. But there was a struggle after the man was discovered at the premises by two elderly neighbours, who were badly hurt in the disturbance.

DC Burt led efforts to trace and arrest the burglar, after recognising his description. The 35-year-old was found a short time later, still with bloodstained hands and the stolen property in his pockets.

While the injured couple made a full recovery, the burglar received a prison sentence at Warwick Crown Court.

Also presented with awards, were the officers who tried valiantly to save a driver, whose car crashed in Brook Lane, Olton, on July 29.

The team had battled to resuscitate Marc Walton, 32, who had gone into cardiac arrest at the scene.

Handed a Quality Achiever’s Award, were those officers who pursued and arrested three burglary suspects through raging winds and rain.

The hunt for the trio - without assistance from the force helicopter - took place in the early hours of June 21, after a car crashed in Dickens Heath.

And acting Sgt Steph Rolfe received a hat-trick of awards, including special recognition for an investigation into a man who had exposed himself in front of three schoolgirls in north Solihull.

Mayor of Solihull, Coun Ken Hawkins, a former police inspector himself, praised the actions of the award-winners.

“I don’t think this is something we do enough, congratulating people who have done well at work.

“In this age of austerity it’s important to recognise the role that the police, and the public sector as a whole, have to play.”

 

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