Brave Barnsley bobby threatened with screwdriver

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An off-duty police officer who was threatened with a screwdriver by a thief he chased through Barnsley town centre has received a bravery award.

PC Steve Howe, who has been a bobby for nearly 31 years, chased a man he suspected of breaking into a car and stealing a handbag.

He chased him through gardens and alleyways while dialing 999 on his phone and was threatened with a screwdriver the thief produced from his sleeve.

Presenting the award at a ceremony for Barnsley police officers and staff who go the extra mile, Chief Superintendent Tim Innes said: “Your colleagues report that you have gone above and beyond what is expected of you on many occasions.

“I have no hesitation in awarding you this trophy in recognition of your courageous actions. You acted in the best traditions of the police service and are a credit to South Yorkshire Police.”

Chf Supt Innes added: “The can do attitude of staff here is incredible and what I have seen in Barnsley is the heart of policing.

Chief Constable David Crompton and Police and Crime Commissioner Dr Alan Billings attended the event.