A DETECTIVE who helped to lock up the ringleader in a series of armed robberies in the Brighouse area has been praised at an awards ceremony.
Detective Sergeant Ross Wadsworth, of Calderdale CID, was presented with a judges’ commendation for his efforts in catching Dell Miller who carried out the robberies at a town centre jeweller’s and two Clifton pubs.
Calderdale Police’s divisional awards night saw dozens of officers, police workers and members of the public being presented with commendations at The Shay in Halifax.
The awards were hosted by divisional commander Chief Superintendent Alan Ford who said: “I would like to personally thank and pay tribute to everyone who has gone the extra mile to help make this a great place to live.”
Detective Sgt Wadsworth played a major part in locking up Miller and his efforts were also commended by Judge Durham Hall QC, for his work on the case along with the case progression officer, when Miller was sentenced in October 2009.
Detetective Sgt Wadsworth said: “I was just doing my job so I am grateful for the recognition and the fact that I was able to bring an offender to justice.”
Miller was given an indeterminate prison sentence, with the judge describing the raids as “cruelly planned and ruthless.”
Miller was part of a masked gang who burst into Neimantas Jewellers in Commercial Street, Brighouse in April 2009, armed with crowbars.
A woman was dragged in off the street and customers were threatened.
Mr Neimantas defended himself with a chair and told the gang he had pressed the alarm. The robbers made off with £190,000 of jewellery.
A month later Andrew Russell, who runs the Black Horse, Clifton, was attacked by men wielding hammers. His wife, Jane, was screaming inside the pub as the robbers stole £441. Mr Russell suffered two broken ribs and severe bruising.
The raid at the Armytage Arms was in October the same year when £5,500 was taken. A womanworker from the pub was outside in a car waiting for the manager when a masked man smashed the car window with an axe.
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