Local officer scoops North West regional bravery award

07 July 2011

Detective Sergeant Andrew Bolton from Merseyside has tonight received the North West regional award for his brave actions at the 16th Annual Police Bravery Awards in London, organised by the Police Federation of England and Wales, The Sun Newspaper and in partnership with Police Mutual.

The award was received at a glittering ceremony at The Savoy which followed a reception at 10 Downing Street where the officer along with the 58 other nominees, met the Prime Minister, David Cameron.

During the early hours of the morning, off-duty DS Andrew Bolton was making his way to a taxi rank in Southport with family members. They had been out celebrating a birthday and were looking for a taxi to take them home. On their way to the taxi rank, DS Bolton heard noises from a heated argument and a loud bang to the ground.

He saw a large crowd involved in violent disorder, but his attention was drawn to a male on the ground who was being repeatedly kicked and stamped on the head and body by two males. Without hesitation, DS Bolton intervened to prevent further injury to the male and arrest those responsible. 

Running towards the scene, DS Bolton identified himself as a police officer, shouting to the two males to stop.  As both males tried to make off, DS Bolton made for the main offender.  He wrestled the offender to the ground and restrained him in the midst of a violent crowd, some of whom had armed themselves with iron bars.

By the time the emergency services arrived, the victim had tragically died from his injuries. The intervention and arrest at the scene by DS Bolton ultimately led to the successful prosecution of murder for the attacker.

Paul McKeever, chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales says:

“DS Bolton showed incredible bravery whilst off-duty in the face of a very real threat to his life and the lives of the public and his actions result in the arrest of a murderer. We hope this award goes some way towards recognising his heroic actions.”

Editor of The Sun Newspaper Dominic Mohan says:

“DS Bolton acted with immense courage, despite being off duty, in order to break up a very violent attack.  He clearly put his own safety on the line and it is an honour for us to recognise his actions with this bravery award.”

Stephen Mann, Police Mutual’s Chief Executive says:

“Police Mutual is proud and honoured to be supporting the Police Bravery Awards.  Every day members of the police service risk their own safety to protect that of others, and I am pleased that Police Mutual can play a part in recognising some tremendous examples of this. Our congratulations and thanks go to all the winners and finalists, as well as to all the officers who perform this demanding role every day.”


Notes to editor

For further details contact Kath Kane (Merseyside Police Federation) No approach should be made before 10 pm. Please note there are no photos available of this officer due to the undercover work that he undertakes.

Photographs of the winners with the Prime Minister and as they receive their award will be available at 9.00 am on Friday 8th July from The Sun picture desk.  Please call Caron Curnow on 020 7782 4199.

For video footage contact Tim Duffy on 07970 590861 or timduffy4@gmail.com.

For further information about the event contact the Police Federation of England and Wales press office on 01372 352071 or Lorna Carmichael at The Sun Newspaper on 07836 340423.  For a full list of winners, visit http://www.polfed.org/.