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Wigan Police Awards
Wednesday 18th May, 2011

Police officers and members of the public have been awarded for acts of bravery and community service across Wigan borough.

Their courage and dedication was recognised at an awards ceremony at Wigan Cricket Club last week.

Police community support officer (PCSO) Mike Anderton was commended for helping to secure the closure of a crack house in Platt Bridge in December, while PC Ann McGuinness received an award for helping to subdue a man who was suicidal, drunk and in possession of a large kitchen knife in Standish Lower Ground in November.

Two members of the public, Mr Bakir Aslan and Mr Christopher Barnard, were praised for managing to overpower and detain a man who threatened them with a knife at the Hindley branch of Netto in December, and Mr Brian Witt received a certificate for completing more than 1,000 hours voluntary work.

Other award recipients included PCSOs Caroline Smith and David Smith for their outstanding community work in Worsley Hall. Thanks to their efforts, some wasteland near the junction of Plane Avenue and Poplar Avenue has been cleaned up and reports of antisocial behaviour there have reduced by 89 per cent.

Chief Superintendent Shaun Donnellan of Greater Manchester Police’s Wigan Division said: “As well as seeing criminals put behind bars, one of the best parts of my job is being able to reward people for outstanding courage and commitment to the job. The officers and members of the public listed are just some of those I had the pleasure of commending last week, and their sterling efforts make me extremely proud to work for Greater Manchester Police.”

For non-emergency calls or to report crime call police on 0161 872 5050 or for more information visit gmp.police.uk/wigan

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