Wednesday, 17 August 2022

Local police officers given awards

A HENLEY police officer has been honoured for his role in helping to catch a serial fraudster.

A HENLEY police officer has been honoured for his role in helping to catch a serial fraudster.

Pc Matthew Holland investigated a series of frauds in the Henley area over 18 months.

Mark Bainbridge was found guilty of these and similar offences in other areas and jailed for 15 months.

PC Holland received a commendation from Supt Rory Freeman at an awards ceremony for the Thames Valley Police South and Vale area in Henley on Friday.

The awards are presented to those who have displayed exceptional courage, initiative and professionalism.

Pc Becky Tanner, who is also based in Henley, was commended for her proactive, effective relationship with the rural community in South and Vale.

In September 2013, a dog was shot with a catapult near Goring and police were called in to investigate. Pc Tanner worked with local gamekeepers to disseminate information about the investigation as well as arranging several operations to apprehend the offender.

The attack at the Elvendon Priory Estate was captured on CCTV. Micky Smith was seen approaching the kennel doors, checking the locks and then picking up a rock before firing it at a five-year-old cocker spaniel.

He fled when he was disturbed by estate maintenance manager Chris Noys and sped away in a black van with four other men. Smith, of Sutton Lane, Slough, admitted causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal when he appeared at Oxford Magistrates’ Court.

He was fined £110 and ordered to pay £100 compensation, a £20 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

Supt Freeman said: “These commendation ceremonies allow the bravery and dedication of our officers, staff, volunteers and special constables to be officially recognised.

“We celebrate the role they play in keeping South Oxfordshire and the Vale of the White Horse a safe place to live, work and visit.

“I was interested to see the varied nature of the incidents that the officers were involved in and I think that this reflects the unpredictable nature of modern policing.

“I am extremely proud that our officers perform so well under high pressure and sometimes dangerous circumstances. It has been a pleasure to present them with these awards.”

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