Glossop PCs up for national award

Glossop police officers Daniel Hunt and Leanne Nichols with Chief Constable Mick Creedon.
Glossop police officers Daniel Hunt and Leanne Nichols with Chief Constable Mick Creedon.

Two Glossop police officers have been nominated for a national award for their part in detaining an armed robber in the town.

Constables Daniel Hunt and Leanne Nichols, who were honoured with brave officer awards by Derbyshire Police Federation this week, have been shortlisted for the Police Bravery Awards.

The pair were praised for their quick-thinking actions one morning in February 2011, when a man wearing a ski mask entered Argos, at Wren Nest Retail on Glossop Brook Road.

Brandishing a handgun, the intruder made threats to staff demanding jewellery and cash.

He left the store with his loot in a maroon-coloured Renault Megane and an emergency call was made to the police. In the control room the officer in charge sent armed response officers and dog handlers to the area.

But, as the units were some distance away, Glossop officers began an area search for the suspect and his car, knowing that he was in possession of a firearm.

Ten minutes later and one-mile away from the scene of the robbery, Constables Hunt and Nichols, who were on routine uniform patrol in a marked police car, spotted a man fitting the description of the robber and his getaway vehicle parked nearby.

Knowing he was a very real danger to members of the public in the vicinity, they alighted from the police vehicle and took hold of him.

He protested his innocence, but the officers remained resolute and handcuffed him, searched him and took him into custody on suspicion of armed robbery. An area search later revealed a hidden air pistol.

The suspect was charged with a series of five armed robberies, two in Derbyshire and three committed in the Greater Manchester area. He was jailed for nine years.

Inspector Mark Pickard, chair of the Derbyshire Police Federation said: “The officers’ actions helped to keep members of the public safe and epitomise the instinctive bravery most police officers have inherently within them.

Both are a credit to the service and we celebrate their courage and dedication to duty.”

The commendation was awarded at Derbyshire Constabulary’s Celebrating Achievements ceremony, held at police headquarters in Ripley on Monday, September 9.

The award recognises police officers who have performed the most outstanding acts of courage, going beyond the call of duty and placing themselves at risk of serious injury.