Police who saved drowning man recognised at awards

The awards took place at Northamptonshire Police's Wootton Hall headquarters
The awards took place at Northamptonshire Police's Wootton Hall headquarters
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The second night of Northamptonshire Police’s annual awards has been held at the force’s headquarters this evening (Tuesday, May 21).

Winners included DC Eleri Neale, who collected the Superintendent’s Award for her work in bringing paedophile Timothy Ford to justice.

Ford, from Kettering, was jailed for eight and a half years in March after pleading guilty to 23 counts after paying a Filipino family to sexually abuse children over the internet.

PC Bob Jones, who is retiring this year, picked up the Police Federation Lifetime Achievement Award for his service in Rushden.

East Northants sector inspector Vaughan Clarke described him as a stalwart of the team, adding: “He consistently displays a can-do attitude, which is a credit to him and makes him standout from many of his peers with equivalent levels of service.”

DI Nick Lyall, PC Jane Manning, PC Leanne Laren, PC Ashley McMahon and Chris Hockey, who helped save a drowning man who had fallen into the River Nene in Thrapston in December, were given a Chief Constable’s Commendation for saving the man’s life.

Other winners at the second evening of the awards included Sgt Julie Mead, from the Kettering safer community team, who was recognised for her long service.