Awards honour police for excellence and bravery

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POLICE officers and staff in Rotherham have been honoured in an annual awards ceremony.

The awards recognise excellence and bravery shown by police staff, partner organisations and the public.

Among those honoured were Wath PC Melvyn Spurr who received an award for a Lifetime Achievement in Policing.

Jennifer Swales and Terrence Quinn of Rotherham Council’s anti-social behaviour unit were singled out for their work tackling nuisance neighbours, which has already resulted in a number of evictions and helped to secure Anti-Social Behaviour Orders and injunctions for known troublemakers.

An award also went to members of Rotherham’s Reactive CID group for their ‘complex’ investigation into an attack on a man in a barber’s shop in Masbrough in August. Two brothers were jailed for a total of 16 years for the attack on Ismail Hussain, aged 22, from Masbrough, Rotherham, who suffered a fractured skull and permanent brain damage when a family feud spiralled out of control.

Shamas and Shiraz Ali, 20 and 17, of Clough Road, Eastwood, attacked Mr Hussain with a pick handle, as he had his beard trimmed at Prince Cuts on Masbrough Street.

District Commander, Chief Superintendent Richard Tweed, said: “Across Rotherham, the work carried out by the police and our partners has seen a reduction in reported crime by 10.5 per cent.”