Moorlands police officers awarded for outstanding bravery

Two officers have been awarded after they arrested a violent man who made threats to a woman and her children in North Staffordshire.

PC Adele Thompson and PC Hollie Morris were given the Uniformed Hero award at this year’s Your Heroes Awards held at DoubleTree by Hilton, Stoke-on-Trent,on Thursday (29th November).

Both officers were called to a home in Leek in April following reports of a man making threats to a woman and her children and refusing to leave.

Having put themselves between the man and the woman and children to de-escalate the situation, both officers were then assaulted by the man and thrown down a set of stairs.

Despite the assault, both officers continued bravely with their attempts to arrest the man and managed to put handcuffs on him a short time later.

Whilst on the way to custody in the police car, the man then bit another officer.

Michael Noble, 33, from Leek, was jailed for 21 months at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court in July for a number of offences, including assault by beating of an emergency worker, intentional strangulation and two counts of assault thereby occasioning actual bodily harm.

Reflecting on the award win, Adele said: “‘We are both incredibly grateful to have received the Uniformed Hero Award. Being acknowledged for our efforts in protecting the victims of the county is truly an honour and humbling. “Our heartfelt thanks go to our force, as well as our friends and family for their continuous support.”

Chief Inspector John Owen, of the Newcastle local policing team, said: “This was a violent incident where Adele and Hollie were assaulted whilst serving the local community.

“The award win was thoroughly deserved for the bravery both officers showed to apprehend Noble despite his violent attempts to avoid justice.”

Staffordshire Commissioner for Police, Fire & Rescue and Crime Ben Adams said: “These two police officers showed outstanding bravery to prevent harm to others, and I am pleased that their actions have been recognised with a Uniformed Hero award.

“I would like to thank them for their continued service, and everything they do every day to keep the communities of the Moorlands safe.”

Tony Mullins
Tony Mullins
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