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Bravery award for policewoman who foiled armed robber
8:38am Saturday 19th October 2013 in News
AN off-duty policewoman who foiled an armed robber at a North Yorkshire supermarket has been presented with a national Police Bravery Award.
PC Sara Widdrington was shopping with her son at Tesco in Westwood, Scarborough, last November, when she noticed a man pointing a pistol at the cashier.
She grabbed the man’s left hand, which was holding the pistol, and told him to drop it, but he refused. A member of staff phoned the police, and another helped PC Widdrington get the man to the floor and restrain him until more police arrived.
The award was presented on Thursday by MP Yvette Cooper and followed a reception at 10 Downing Street where PC Widdrington met the Prime Minister David Cameron and Home Secretary, Theresa May.
PC Widdrington said: “I just did it. I think a lot of other people would’ve done it, whether they were a police officer or not.
“I think it was just the right thing to do.
“I’m delighted and completely surprised. It’s been fantastic. I’ve brought my son with me and to see him watching that, he looked delighted.”
Chief Constable Dave Jones, of North Yorkshire Police, said: “I am absolutely delighted that PC Widdrington has won the regional award.
“Her actions were truly comendable, she showed real courage and dedication while off duty, balancing personal risk with that of protecting the public and preventing crime.
“She is a credit to North Yorkshire Police and her selfless dedication and attitude is representative of the vast majority of police officers who serve our communities.”
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