Police awards for good Samaritans

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In the early hours of 1st May 2014 Stratford couple Michael and Valerie Horn were flagged down in their car on the A46 near Snitterfield by a traumatised woman who had suffered a sexual attack.

Michael and Valerie provided safe refuge for the victim whilst calling the police.

The couples’ assistance and sympathy to the woman, who had managed to escape and run for help, helped to save her from further harm and showed immense public spirit.

Following a police investigation Adrian Watts, 49, of Hodgson Road, Stratford was jailed for 12 years for the attack.

In a separate incident in May 2013 Anne Wallbank and daughter Jennifer were also flagged down by the victim of another sexual attack near Claverdon.

Anne and Jennifer gave vital assistance to the victim and took her to the police.

After a challenging and painstaking police enquiry 38-year-old Jason Crocker of Redditch was arrested and sentenced to nine years in prison.

Anne and Jennifer’s actions were commended for their public-spiritedness, compassion and care shown towards a vulnerable victim in difficult circumstances.

Speaking at the awards Chief Constable of Warwickshire Police, Martin Jelley, said: “It is outstanding to see several members of the public being awarded tonight for their courage and public-spiritedness. There is fantastic work taking place across Warwickshire to protect our communities from harm, and tonight’s awards are an excellent way to recognise these achievements.”