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Awards after wheelie bin incident

Douglas Stewart
Image caption Taxi driver Douglas Stewart pushed a wheelie bin at his attacker

A taxi driver who used a wheelie bin to disarm a knifeman has been awarded a commendation from Northern Constabulary.

Douglas Stewart, 47, of Inverness, pushed the bin at drunken Blair Cotter causing him to drop his weapon.

Cotter, 21, was jailed for 32 months for launching a series of unprovoked attacks in Inverness in February.

Mr Stewart, who was the man's third victim, was among a number of people whose actions have been recognised.

Pc Gary Dunlop was also awarded an area commander's commendation for his part in dealing with Cotter.

Pc Kelly Forteath and Special Constable Michael McDiarmid have been recognised for their roles in dealing with another violent incident in Inverness.

Another constable, Gary Taylor, was given a commendation for his efforts that led to an arrest after 13 vehicles were vandalised in Hilton, Inverness.

Northern Constabulary also awarded a commendation to Allan Grant, from Nairn, who rescued a woman from the Caledonian Canal at Fort Augustus.

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