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PC Sara Widdrington up for Police Bravery Award
AN off-duty policewoman who foiled an armed robber at a North Yorkshire supermarket will be presented with a national Police Bravery Award next month.
PC Sara Widdrington, of Scarborough, will meet Prime Minister David Cameron and Home Secretary Theresa May at 10 Downing Street in October following her actions in tackling the robber last year.
PC Widdrington was shopping with her son at Tesco in Westwood, Scarborough, last November, when she noticed a man, later identified as Robert Vogan, pointing a pistol at the cashier. She grabbed the man’s left hand, which was holding the pistol, which was later revealed to be an imitation.
She managed to lower his arm so the gun was pointing at the ground, and asked him to drop it but he refused. A member of staff phoned the police, and another helped PC Widdrington take him to the floor and restrain him until police arrived.
Chief constable of North Yorkshire Dave Jones who will accompany PC Widdrington to the awards ceremony on October 17, praised her actions.
He said: “The actions of PC Widdrington are truly commendable, she showed real courage and dedication whilst off duty, balancing personal risk with that of protecting the public and preventing crime.
“I do see the police as modern day heroes who are courageous and compassionate, people who walk towards harm. This is a prime example of the commitment of North Yorkshire police Officers serving our communities, who see their role as a vocation.”
Mark Botham, chairman of North Yorkshire Police Federation, said: “I had no hesitation in nominating Sara Widdrington for the award. She clearly acted in the highest traditions of the service and is a credit to North Yorkshire Police and the police service in general.”
In April, Vogan pleaded guilty to attempted robbery and carrying an imitation firearm while committing an offence. He was sectioned under the Mental Health Act in a medium secure psychiatric unit.
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