SIX people and a police officer have been commended for their actions in defusing a mini race riot in South Yorkshire.
Enraged passers-by were seeking retribution against a man alleged to have racially attacked and abused an Asian shopkeeper and a black security guard.
At one point an angry mob of around 45 people gathered in French Gate, Doncaster, and PC Jackie Cawley had to call on assistance from civilians to prevent a major public order disturbance.
She had already used her handcuffs to detain a youth who had been attacking the suspect because of his alleged racist abuse.
Town centre ambassador Paul Johnston, aged 48, and Sainsbury’s security officer David Roberts, 47, came to the officer’s aid, and four members of The Cash Shop on French Gate held two teenagers in ‘custody’ in their strongroom while police reinforcements arrived.
Doncaster police presented Chief Superintendent’s Commendations to PC Cawley, Paul and David, The Cash Shop manager, Beki Boulton, 27, and her three colleagues, Richard Morris, 32, Danielle Forbes, 25, and Laura Hallwood, 24, for their part in the incident six weeks ago.
Presenting the certificates, Supt Peter Norman said their ‘public spirited actions were greatly appreciated’ and he told them: “You are a credit to the community.”
A 26-year-old man will appear before Doncaster magistrates this month on charges of two racially aggravated assaults and two racially aggravated public order matters.