Council workers recognised for going above and beyond call of duty

Published Wednesday, 26th October 2016
Gentlemen recognised for assisting police
Colin Knight, Peter Watson, Stewart Preece and Karen Hanson

Two brave members of the council's Streetpride team have received formal recognition after finding themselves delivering street justice during a Sunday morning shift.

Peter Watson and Stewart Preece were working on East Bawtry Road, Whiston, when a member of the public who had witnessed a nearby robbery, asked them if the pair were "public spirited" enough to apprehend a man he'd seen assault a member of staff at the Co-op and flee with various items on 12 June.

The pair, who work for Rotherham Council's drainage service, gave chase to the assailant who had made off on foot with a shopping basket full of stolen goods, catching up with him shortly after being told where he’d gone. Mr Preece tailed the assailant and began walking alongside him, telling him to drop the stolen goods to which the thief replied ‘leave me alone’ and ‘stop following me’.

Meanwhile, Mr Watson had got in his vehicle and followed in the direction which the thief and Mr Preece had walked, eventually locating them and phoning the police for assistance. Around ten minutes later, police arrived on the scene where the perpetrator was pointed out and arrested.

In light of their public service, South Yorkshire Police gave the men a 'Good work minute' - certificates of gratitude from the Chief Superintendent - which were presented to them by Mayor of Rotherham, Councillor Lyndsay Pitchley, at Town Hall before Full Council on 19 October.

Cllr Pitchley, who presented the awards, said: “These awards reflect the upstanding citizenship of these two men, who went above and beyond the call of duty to do the right thing by their community - they should be very proud of themselves.”

Local Police Commander, Rob Odell, said “We commend the gentlemen who took it upon themselves to assist the police in apprehending the assailant. Residents such as Peter and Stewart are a great asset to the local community, and set a great example for others.”