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Bravery award for cop who detained thug while off duty

A West Midlands Police officer has picked up a bravery award for an off-duty arrest that saw him tackle a violent thug who’d assaulted a granddad – and all on his way home from a 10-hour police shift!

PC Rob Cheshire was driving through Nuneaton on 17 September last year when he saw a group of youths circling a BMW before one kicked out at the driver’s door.

And when the motorist, who was in his 60s, stepped from behind the wheel to remonstrate with the lout he was met with a flurry of kicks and punches.

PC Rob Cheshire is presented with his commendation by Chief Supt Mike O'Hara and Coventry Dep Lord Mayor Cllr Linda Bigham
PC Rob Cheshire is presented with his commendation by Chief Supt Mike O'Hara and Coventry Dep Lord Mayor Cllr Linda Bigham

Coventry neighbourhood cop PC Cheshire pulled over to offer support and give first aid while dialling 999 for support from Warwickshire officers – and then joined the search for the offender who had fled into nearby woodland.

It wasn’t long before the 52-year-old – who’s worked with West Midlands Police since 1999 – spotted the suspect and helped detain him after a brief foot chase.

“He definitely didn’t want to come quietly,” Rob recalled. “He put up a violent struggle and the situation got worse when his associates heard the commotion and gathered around myself and the Warwickshire officer.

“We managed to keep them at bay and hold onto the attacker until more police response units arrived.

“I was determined this guy wasn’t going to get away. I’d seen him violently attack a man about three times his age and leave him with nasty facial injuries… and all in front of his young grandson who was a passenger in the car.”

PC Cheshire drove home and completed an eight-page report on the arrest on what should have been his night off!

A 22-year-old man later admitted assault, assaulting a PC and criminal damage to the car – and was jailed for four months.

PC Rob Cheshire ran to the aid of a granddad he saw being attacked while off duty
PC Rob Cheshire ran to the aid of a granddad he saw being attacked while off duty

And at a Coventry Police awards ceremony at the Ricoh Arena on Wednesday (28 Nov) Rob received a Coventry Police Commander’s Commendation in recognition of his actions.

Chief Inspector Hasson Shigdar added: “There was a clear risk in getting involved, facing up to a large group of youths, heavily outnumbered, who were drunk and confrontational. Not many people would have done that; Rob was off-duty but recognised the Warwickshire officer needed support.

“I take my hat off to Rob and his efforts that night in ensuring a violent offender was detained and subsequently jailed.”