These three quick-thinking schoolboys helped police track down a suspect after a street robbery.
Young crimebusters Connor Asquith, aged 14, Michael Heavey, 13, and 10-year-old Lewis Sutton bravely followed the man – who had allegedly punched his victim in the face, knocked him to the ground and taken a wallet containing £250 – after seeing the incident in Barnsley town centre.
The friends told a security guard at Barnsley Interchange that the man had got into a taxi and police were then able to use CCTV footage to track him down – and stopped the taxi and arrested him shortly afterwards.
The trio were handed commendations from South Yorkshire Police Chief Superintendent Andy Brooke as a thank you for their courage.
Connor’s mum Marie Archer said: “I worried when the police told me Connor had witnessed a robbery, wondering what had happened.
“But when he came home and told me the full story I was really proud of him.
“They followed the man at a safe distance until they saw him get into the taxi and passed it over to the security guard.
“He’s not been taught what to do – he was just acting on his own instinct.
“Connor is running around now giving his signature out after getting the commendation.”
Chf Supt Brooke said at the ceremony: “I would like to present the three boys with the commendations to thank them for their remarkable efforts in helping the police catch the suspect.
“Without their help, it would have been very difficult for us to identify him.
“They acted with great courage and community spirit and should be very proud. The commendations are the highest recognition I can award.”
The man who was arrested has been charged with assault, robbery and possession of cannabis.
He will appear at Sheffield Crown Court again in August.
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