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Silent stars across Avon and Somerset recognised at PCC Pride Awards


A noble night porter, outstanding PCSO’s and a six-year-old girl who saved her mother’s life by calling 999 were amongst those recognised at a PCC Pride Awards ceremony hosted by Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens.

The awards, which took place on Friday 31 January at Police and Fire Headquarters in Portishead, saw the PCC recognise 24 worthy winners with PCC Pride Awards. Winners and their guests were then invited to have lunch with the PCC and Assistant Chief Constable Nikki Watson before enjoying a tour of the communications centre where ‘999’ and ‘101’ calls are received.

PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “The Pride Awards are something I always look forward to in my role as I get to say a big thank you to some truly extraordinary people in our community. I am delighted that so many people have chosen to nominate these ‘silent stars’, all who go about their daily business with little or no recognition.

“These awards highlight just some of the very special individuals we have living and working amongst us and their exemplary efforts are hugely appreciated across Avon and Somerset.  It’s important we take the time celebrate these inspirational and selfless individuals who work hard to help keep our communities safe and feeling safe.”

During the afternoon lunch the winners told the PCC what they thought of the day:

Aisha Mitchell is a PCSO in Weston-super-Mare who was instrumental in developing a fantastic cadet unit for 14-17 year olds in the area. Aisha said: “It’s lovely to be noticed. Sometimes, you can go through this job feeling underappreciated so it’s nice for someone to take the time and notice the hard work that I do.”

PCSO Sam Bushen is praised for his hard work in ensuring the safety of Taunton in his 6 years as a PCSO in the town. His PCSO Facebook page has been instrumental in ensuring local people are aware of important issues in the area. Sam said: “I’m very proud to be nominated and delighted that a member of the community has acknowledged the nice things we do.”

Zoe Barton and Ellie Winter are recognised for their bravery when they assisted a man who had collapsed on the pavement, calling an ambulance to ensure he received the treatment he needed.

Reverend Vincent Carrington co-founded the Taunton Street Pastors and has led the team with enthusiasm and cheerfulness since its launch 12 years ago. 

The Insights project is a new programme designed to inspire young people in an immersive experience that involves the students becoming detectives for a week. The programme is a brilliant example of innovative partnership working to tackle serious violence. Youth Strategy Officer, PC Kris Withers said: “I was extremely proud to receive a PCC Pride Award for being part in the Insight Programme Team, it was an absolutely fabulous afternoon and I would like to thank Sue and her Team for such wonderful recognition. Hearing all the other Award winners stories was also hugely inspirational and added to what was already something really special, thank you”. Youth Project Coordinate Ellen Campbell added: "It was an absolute privilege to be involved in setting up this project. The opportunity for the young people was amazing and I'm pleased we are going to be able to offer this to more young people across the force."

Esme, a six-year-old girl from South Somerset, is recognised for her bravery when she called 999 when her mummy fell ill on the roadside, thanks to her quick-thinking she was able to guide the ambulance to their location using the sat nav. Esme said: “It makes me feel excellent for winning an award today. It makes me happy to be recognised.”

PCSO Silas Noble has been dedicated to serving the Barton Hill area of Bristol for over 13 years, he has recently been named one of 25 people who make Bristol a happier place! Silas said: "It is always a privilege to provide a little contribution and be involved in making a big difference within our communities by improving people's lives and maintain the serviecs that are so important and central to our everyday quality of life."

David Raybould, a carpenter in the Constabulary, supported an elderly victim of sexual assault by ensuring her home was made safe by repairing her front door, he is recognised for his dedication and support in such a devastating situation. David said:“I felt saddened and then morally obliged to help out as best I could due to the circumstances, even if it wasn’t something we normally do and also whilst not in my own county”.

Amie and Alice from South Gloucestershire Council are recognised alongside Clive, Adrian, Natalie, Paula and Sheryl from the Neighbourhood Policing Team for their pioneering partnership. Thanks to their hard work, reports of anti-social behaviour in the local area have seen a 20% decline. Temporary Inspector Adrian Fallows said: “It’s really nice for my team to be recognised with this award, they work hard to improve things for the community and whilst they will say they are only doing their job, this recognises their dedication and determination.” PCSO Sheryl Drewitt added: "We were so pleased to be nominated as a team for tackling the anti-social behaviour and underlying causes that were blighting our community. We are really proud to have been recognised for this work."

Vlad Todoran is recognised for his selfless behaviour when he talked a vulnerable person who was set to jump of a bridge in Taunton earlier this year.

Tony Knight ensured the welfare of local people and a vulnerable missing person when he called 999 last year, he is recognised for going above and beyond when he noticed a dangerous driver one evening last year. Tony said: “I was quite surprised to receive the award. It’s very nice to be recognised and thought of.”

PCSO Mohamed Berber is recognised for his profound impact serving the Easton community. He is particularly recognised for his work with the local mosques and Muslim community, and thanked for his contribution to the Grand Iftar in Easton, which hosted 5000 people last year. As Mo moves on to his new role in North Somerset, the community thank him for his dedication.

People are encouraged to put names forward as nominations for the PCC’s Pride Awards. If you would like to nominate someone for PCC Pride Award, please visit: https://www.avonandsomerset-pcc.gov.uk/Take-Part/PCCs-Pride-Awards.aspx

Please be aware that nominations will be closing on Friday 28th February ahead of the PCC elections in May.

Posted on Monday 3rd February 2020
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