Alfreton and Riddings officers praised for their work

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Police across the region have been awarded for their work in their communities.

A commendation for bravery was handed to Pc Lindsey Howitt and Special Constable Eddie Wolfreys who tackled an offender in Riddings in February.

At the address they found a man pinning a woman to the floor and holding a knife to her side. He had turned on the gas from the kitchen hob, overturned furniture and pulled fixtures from the walls.

When he heard the police officers, the man lunged the knife towards the woman.

Pc Howitt gassed the man and knocked the knife from his hand. Both officers managed to restrain the man until others arrived and the man was later charged with affray.

Meanwhile, Pc Roger Brown and Allan Guy were commended for their investigation into disorder at an Alfreton Town football match which led to a number of banning orders being issued.

They were part of a team of officers in the stadium during the game between Alfreton Town and Grimsby Town in January 2012.

A number of home and away fans attempted to get through fences at the ground which segregated them. They were threatening and throwing items at each other.

The team, together with football ground staff, worked to restore order at the ground and following the incident, Pc Guy and Pc Brown carried out a post match enquiry and their investigation led to three Alfreton and three Grimsby fans being found guilty of public order offences, and football banning orders totalling 17 years.

Meanwhile, DS David Stocks, DC David Kinston, DC Catherine Meggitt, Pc Richard Morris, Pc Louise Hollands and researcher Hayley Muter were praised after tackling an organised crime group operating in Amber Valley and helped to take thousands of pounds worth of heroin and crack cocaine off the streets.

They gathered information on an organised crime group operating in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire before carrying out more than 30 warrants in the Ripley, Codnor and Belper areas during 2012.

All of the officers were received their commendations from Divisional Commander Chief Spt Karl Smethem at Chesterfield Police station.