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Three Barnsley Lads Praised By Police

Friday June 14 2013

Boys commended Boys commended

THREE young boys have received a commendation from after they helped police catch a man believed to be responsible for a robbery in the town centre.

Lewis Sutton, Michael Heavey and Connor Asquith all received their commendations in front of the Mayor of Barnsley, Cllr Ken Richardson, Mayoress Mrs Nadia Richardson and Commissioner Shaun Wright.

The boys then had a guided tour of the police station by Chief Superintendent Andy Brooke, where they were able to see the police horses and a police dog in action.

They even got to visit the cells and see the CCTV room, which the police used to catch the suspect.

The boys, aged 11, 13 and 14, witnessed the incident on Saturday, May 18 on Mayday Green in the town centre.

A 28-year-old man was allegedly punched in the face, knocking him to the ground. His wallet was stolen which contained £250.

The boys made sure the 28-year-old man was okay, before following the suspect to the Barnsley Interchange. They alerted a security guard at the Interchange of the incident after seeing the suspect get into a taxi.

The security guard passed the information onto the police who used CCTV to identify and locate the taxi. Police stopped the taxi and a 26-year-old man was arrested and later charged with assault, robbery and possession of cannabis.

"I'm so pleased I have been able to present these commendations to the boys, to thank them for their remarkable efforts in helping us catch the suspect," Chief Superintendent Andy Brooke said.

"The boys acted with compassion and courage and showed a great sense of community spirit. The commendations are the highest recognition I can award."

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Reply Posted by Marie C on Friday June 14 2013 at 10:10
Absolutely brilliant - well done lads! It's great that they've had their actions acknowledged in such a way too.

Reply Posted by Tracy on Friday June 14 2013 at 10:29
well done so proud of my nephew and his friends

Reply Posted by claire lancaster on Friday June 14 2013 at 10:30
well done lads.... many would have just left it and carried on you 3 boys did very well and should be very proud of yourselfs x

Reply Posted by marie archer on Friday June 14 2013 at 10:34
I am the proud parent of Connor n I am so proud of my son upon recieving this commendation Well done to all the 3 boys

Reply Posted by ryan turner-archer on Friday June 14 2013 at 10:39
Well done connor proud of you pal and not to forget the others too you all deserve the commendation

Reply Posted by Lynne Heavey on Friday June 14 2013 at 10:45
I'm am really proud of my son Michael well done.

Reply Posted by jan on Friday June 14 2013 at 11:09
absolutely fantastic boys, nice to know that not all youngsters are pains tho maybe the parents wud disagree at times lol) to check that the person who was attacked was ok, and then to follow the attacker, with no thought to their own safety, and to alert someone as to the attackers whereabouts. brilliant!... you deserve more than a tour of barnsley police station... maybe barnsley fc would offer you a day at their ground. also well done to the parents for bringing up your children to think of others

Reply Posted by georgia louise on Friday June 14 2013 at 16:10
Very well done to my little hero (connor) and his friends. So proud on you all. :) xxxxx

Reply Posted by donnna on Friday June 14 2013 at 17:24
well done boys xx

Reply Posted by leanne on Monday June 17 2013 at 12:13
Well done boys!!

Reply Posted by TERESA on Monday June 17 2013 at 12:29

Reply Posted by Guesty Mcguest on Wednesday June 19 2013 at 09:12
Well done to the lads but isn't publishing their names and whereabouts on WAB a bit irresponsible, reprisals and all that?

Reply Posted by Kate on Wednesday June 19 2013 at 09:13
Well done lads!!! You should be proud of yourselves :D