Bravery award for South Yorkshire woman who risked life to save man attacked with pickaxe handle

Nadine Boids with a bravery award presented by Chief Supt Scott Green

Nadine Boids with a bravery award presented by Chief Supt Scott Green

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A woman who risked her life toy save a man being attacked with a pickaxe handle has been honoured for her bravery.

Nadine Boids, from Elsecar, was woken by a disturbance in the early hours of Sunday, November 27 last year and saw a man attacking another with a pickaxe handle.

Neil Bailey has been jailed over an attack with a pickaxe handle

Neil Bailey has been jailed over an attack with a pickaxe handle

She ran outside in a bid to stop the fight and tried to grab hold of the man with the axe - 29-year-old Neil Bailey, of Gray Street, Elsecar, Barnsley - and push him away.

Bailey's 25-year-old victim suffered a broken leg, numerous cuts and severe bruising all over his body in the attack.

Detective Constable Louise Little, of South Yorkshire Police, said: “Nadine started shouting at the pair in a bid to try and break-up the altercation and at points tried to grab Bailey and push him away from the victim.

"Her actions managed to diffuse the situation and Bailey left the scene. An investigation was launched and he was arrested two days later.

“This was a sustained, violent attack which left the victim with a broken leg, numerous cuts and severe bruising all over his body.

“Nadine put herself at risk of serious harm and I genuinely believe she saved the victim from this vicious attack, which had she not intervened, could have caused further, life-threatening injuries to him.”

Bailey was jailed for three years for grievous bodily harm on Wednesday after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing.

Chief Superintendent Scott Green, who presented Nadine with a certificate for her actions, said: “Nadine’s bravery was witnessed by several other neighbours and members of the public, who subsequently came out of their houses to help.

“I’d like to thank each and every one of them who helped to diffuse the situation, but in particular Nadine, who selflessly and courageously approached a dangerous situation to help prevent further and more serious harm to the victim.

“I feel incredibly proud that Nadine is a member of our community and feel honoured to have been able to present her with a commendation for her actions on that day.”

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