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Sheffield Police Award for Alan Greaves murder detective

Alan Greaves Image copyright South Yorkshire Police
Image caption Church organist Alan Greaves, 68, was beaten to death on his way to the Christmas Eve midnight service at St Saviour's Church in Sheffield

An officer whose work was instrumental in the case of murdered church organist Alan Greaves has won an award.

Det Con Simon Taylor was named Sheffield Officer of the Year at the fifth Sheffield Police Awards held at the City Hall on Friday.

The team which tackles child sexual exploitation in the city, and those who worked on the murder case of lingerie boss Anthony Power were also awarded.

Five officers were given bravery awards for rescuing a 98 year old from a fire.

PCs Wesley Turner, Gultasab Yaqoob, Jodie Akeroyd, Brian McCoy and Paul Ward "put the man's life before their own", and he would have died had it not been for their "brave and selfless actions," a South Yorkshire Police spokesperson said.

Det Con Taylor played a "vital role" in solving the murder of church organist Alan Greaves, 68, who was beaten to death on his way to the Christmas Eve midnight service at St Saviour's Church in Sheffield.

Beaten and robbed

Jonathan Bowling and Ashley Foster, both 22, were jailed for the killing.

The team who worked on the murder case of Anthony Power, led by Sgt Mark Oughton, were given the Trevor Harvey Investigation Award.

Anthony Power lived in Bradway near Sheffield and founded the international lingerie firm Panache. He died aged 78 after being beaten and robbed in High Hazels Park, Darnall in October 2012.

Imran Khan of Darnall, who was 30 at the time of the attack, was sentenced to a minimum of 26 and a half years in prison.

In total, 18 awards were given at the ceremony, which was held in connection with the St Wilfrid's Centre Charity.

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