Greaves murder officer honoured at Sheffield Police Awards

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A police officer who played a vital role in hunting down the killers of Sheffield church organist Alan Greaves has been honoured by his peers.

A police officer who played a vital role in hunting down the killers of Sheffield church organist Alan Greaves has been honoured by his peers.

Detective Constable Simon Taylor was named Sheffield officer of the year at South Yorkshire Police’s Sheffield police awards, held at the City Hall.

Church organist Alan Greaves, aged 68, was murdered as he walked to midnight mass at St Saviour’s Church, High Green, on Christmas Eve 2012.

Jonathan Bowling and Ashley Foster, both 22, were jailed for the killing.

DC Taylor, Now part of Sheffield’s public protection unit, was also recognised for ‘his outstanding work’ acquiring and protecting a key witness in the investigation into the murder of international lingerie firm Panache founder Anthony Power.

Mr Power died aged 78 after being beaten and robbed in High Hazels Park, Darnall, in October 2012.

The whole team which worked to solve his murder, led by Sgt Mark Oughton, were given the Trevor Harvey Investigation Award.

Imran Khan of Darnall, who was 30 at the time of Mr Power’s attack, was jailed for a minimum of 26-and-a-half years.

The team which cracks down on child exploitation in Sheffield were also given awards.

And five officers were given bravery awards for rescuing a 98-year-old man from a house fire on Adlington Road, Southey Green, Sheffield, over Christmas 2013.

Firefighters said the pensioner would have died had it not been for the ‘brave and selfless’ actions of PCs Wesley Turner, Gultasab Yaqoob, Jodie Akeroyd, Brian McCoy and Paul Ward.

A total of 18 awards were given out at the fifth annual ceremony, which was held in support of the St Wilfrid’s Centre for vulnerable adults.

Chief Superintendent David Hartley, district commander for Sheffield, welcomed Chief Constable David Crompton, South Yorkshire police and crime commissioner Shaun Wright, MPs and other dignitaries to the event.

The celebration, hosted by BBC Radio Sheffield presenter and comedian honoured the work of police officers in Sheffield.

n See Tuesday’s Star for more on the Sheffield Police Awards.