Brave police officers honoured

A steward is assisted during the Morecambe v Fleetwood Town match. Photo: Phill Heywood.
A steward is assisted during the Morecambe v Fleetwood Town match. Photo: Phill Heywood.

A Lancaster detective is among those awarded for their bravery and dedication at this year’s Lancashire Constabulary Bravery and Ambition Awards.

Det Con Hana Alayli-Moore was honoured for her work on a traumatic case involving a 19-year-old man attempting to commit suicide.

The man went on to give vital information regarding numerous offences committed by a family member, who was eventually found guilty of various charges.

After the trial, the judge apologised to the jury for having to endure the horrific details of the crimes and thanked DC Alayli-Moore for her ‘hard work’.

Furthermore, prosecuting barrister Brian McKenna said to DC Alayli-Moore that he had never worked with such a dedicated officer.

A team of police officers were also honoured for their work following a public order incident at a Morecambe FC Boxing Day match.

Operation Radial was a West Division investigative response to the incident at the Morecambe v Fleetwood fixture on December 26 2013.

During the game a faction of the away supporters left the stands and attempted to get onto the playing surface.

This was a not a policed game and the club employed security staff who did their utmost to prevent people from entering the field of play.

Due to this confrontation a number of security staff were physically assaulted, one requiring hospital treatment.

The CCTV evidence was used to gain an understanding the extent of the disorder in the ground. The team pursued those involved and ensured that best evidence was presented.

The judge and Crown Prosecution Service made comment about the high quality of investigation concerning the case. In the six month investigation period in total 20 people were arrested and nine formally charged with serious public order offences.

These nine men all received community sentences and also football banning orders preventing them from entering a football ground in this country for the next three years.

Two Morecambe officers were also commended after being assaulted during a domestic incident in Heysham.

On February 17 PC Mark Whittle attended the report of a domestic incident in Marlborough Road, where the offender had allegedly threatened his partner with a knife before leaving the address.

The officer was joined by his colleague, PC Fiona McCafferty.

Upon arrival at the address the offender was still present and both parties were heavily intoxicated.

While inside the address and attempting to resolve the situation and defend the victim, both officers were seriously assaulted by the 
offender.

PC Whittle not only being left with numerous other injuries including a broken leg but fearing he could lose his eye in what was described as a vicious assault.

The offender was sentenced to 12 months for the assault on PC McCafferty and 16 months for the assault on PC Whittle.

Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw said: “Lancashire Police has countless numbers of committed and courageous officers who give their all to helping those who are most in need.

“I would like to personally congratulate the officers being recognised and thank them for all the hard work they put in.”