Tunbridge Wells hero chased and stopped suspect who had broken police officer's arm

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By kentsussex | Thursday, December 06, 2012, 09:24

A Tunbridge Wells man was awarded the Chief Constable's Certificate of Merit for his outstanding courage and public spirited actions after chasing and stopping a man who injured an officer.

Adam Groves was commended for his involvement following an incident in the town on September 5, 2010. 

Police were called to a report of an assault in the town centre and as officers arrived at the scene, the suspect ran away. 

He was pursued on foot by several officers, but prior to being arrested, he deliberately charged at speed towards one of the officers, knocking him to the ground and severely breaking his arm.

At that time, Mr Groves was returning home following an evening in the town centre. 

He became aware that the officers were attempting to apprehend a man and saw how violent this man was being towards the police. 

Without any thought to his own safety, he chased the suspect and rugby tackled him to the ground, restraining him until officers arrested the man. 

He was praised at The Chief Constable's Awards Ceremony which was held at Kent Police Training School, on Friday, November 30.

The ceremony recognises the outstanding achievements by the public, as well as police officers and staff.



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