Brave Barnsley bobbies confronted gunman

South Yorkshire Police held its Barnsley District Awards Ceremony at Barnsley Town Hall on Thursday (20 November 2014). Our picture shows the award recipients with retired District Commander, Chief Supt. Andy Brooke (middle row, left) and South Yorkshire Police Chief Constable David Crompton (middle row, right).
South Yorkshire Police held its Barnsley District Awards Ceremony at Barnsley Town Hall on Thursday (20 November 2014). Our picture shows the award recipients with retired District Commander, Chief Supt. Andy Brooke (middle row, left) and South Yorkshire Police Chief Constable David Crompton (middle row, right).
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Two police officers who confronted a man who fired a gun on a South Yorkshire street have been honoured for their bravery.

The bobbies responded to calls from CCTV operators in Barnsley, who spotted a man brandishing a handgun which he then fired.

Despite the risk to their safety, PCs Simon Booth and PC Alison Mountain cleared Wellington Street of bystanders and approached and arrested the gunman.

In their nomination for the award, bosses said: “Staff working in the CCTV office notified them about a male brandishing a handgun on Wellington Street in Barnsley town centre.

“The male was seen to discharge the weapon into the air causing members of the public to panic.

“Being fully aware of the information both officers took the decision to move forward in an effort to contain and negotiate with the male to minimise the risk to the public.

“PCs Booth and Mountain took control of the situation isolating the suspect and moving other members of the public away from the scene.

“During the incident, both officers demonstrated outstanding courage and commitment identifying a clear and immediate risk to others and taking positive action to mitigate it.”

They were honoured at an annual awards ceremony held last night to recognise the efforts of Barnsley police officers.

Barnsley’s District Commander, Chief Superintendent Andy Brook, said: “It was a privilege to present the awards for the final time before I retire from the force.

“All of the award winners have done an incredible job and were very worthy winners. They have demonstrated commitment by going over and above the call of duty in protecting and supporting our communities.

“It’s an honour to reward those who work exceptionally hard to ensure that South Yorkshire is a safer place. I am proud to have worked with so many dedicated and supportive people during my seven years as Barnsley District Commander.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Billings said: “These awards show the dedication and commitment of all police officers and police staff. They should all be very proud of themselves.”

The award for ‘top contributing police officer’ went to Sergeant Stephen Newton, who over the last 12 months has made 94 arrests and recovered drugs worth £181,000.

He has run operations tackling anti-social behaviour and acquisitive crime, regularly works on his days off or changed his shifts to accommodate the needs of the force.

Bosses described him as ‘a real team player, always up beat with a positive and determined attitude’.

The Continuous Improvement Award went to PCSO Samantha Frain for her work to reduce the number of persistent callers who call 999 as a counselling service.

She identified that many have mental health problems or drug and alcohol addiction and proposed a plan on how to tackle each of their needs, signposting them to the most appropriate services.

The officer has conducted personal home visits to each caller to check on their welfare.

PC Leanne Garforth won the Safer Neighbourhood Team Officer of the Year award for tackling crime and anti-social behaviour in Barnsley town centre, including street drinking and the use of legal highs.