Have-a-go hero praised by chief

Dale Thornton
Dale Thornton

A HAVE-A-GO hero from Hipperholme has been praised by Calderdale’s police chief.

The Calderdale Police Divisional Awards Evening included a commendation presented by Chief Superintendent Chris Hardern to Dale Thornton who moved in to help when he saw a man assaulting a police officer.

PC Emma Leatherland, Sergeant Richard Armstead and PC Jenna Stabler

PC Emma Leatherland, Sergeant Richard Armstead and PC Jenna Stabler

The 31-year-old was leaving the Co-op in Denholmegate Road when he saw the officer pinned to the floor.

“He was knocking seven bells out of him,” said Mr Thornton, a former Marine who now works as a paramedic.

He rushed to help, rugby-tackling the attacker so the officer could get up and arrest him.

PC Jenna Stabler, of the Lower Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team was commended for her fight to save Halifax teenager Lisa Savile along with her colleagues, Sergeant Richard Armstead and PC Emma Leatherland. They were the first at the scene of the fatal accident in Wheatley, last year. The officers said they wanted to accept the commendation in Lisa’s memory.

One of the Lower Valley’s newest officers, PC Jenna Atkinson, was given the Horsfall Memorial Trophy for outstanding commitment to neighbourhood policing. She was described by Chief Inspector Kate Jowett as “a real gem” and she was delighted to have her in Calderdale.

Police authority member Coun David Kirton (Con, Hipp/LIght,) said: “We have seen some fantastic policing work and it was good to see officers rewarded and the courage and bravery of the public. The PCSOs were given awards too and I think it was great that they were recognised for the key role they play.”