Bravery award for South Yorkshire police officer attacked by shoplifter

A South Yorkshire police officers who was attacked by a shoplifter has been honoured for her bravery.

Thursday, 10th November 2016, 1:00 pm
Updated Friday, 18th November 2016, 11:21 am
Officers attended an awards ceremony

PC Sarah Botham was honoured by Barnsley's District Commander, Tim Innes, at an awards ceremony in the town.

The brave bobby was attacked after she started following a car believed to have been used by a suspected shoplifter.

When she stopped the car and approached the driver the man grabbed her and put his hands around her neck, in a bid to avoid arrest.

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The offender broke free and PC Botham ran after him but was assaulted her again and needed hospital treatment.

Chief Supt Innes said: “Despite her injuries, PC Botham managed to arrest the man, along with the help of two members of the public.

“PC Botham showed exceptional tenacity and courage in dealing with this incident and has received praise from members of the public and her colleagues for her courageous actions. She is an absolute credit to South Yorkshire Police.

“These awards show just some of the fantastic work our officers are doing in Barnsley.

“Every day they carry out extremely brave tasks and are faced with difficult situations which they overcome to ensure members of the public are protected and Barnsley is kept a safe place to live.”