Child abuse case officers receive Surrey Police awards

Police officers who investigated a child abuse case that led to a man being jailed for nine-and-a-half years have been commended for their work.

They were among 60 officers, staff and members of the public to be honoured at a Surrey Police awards ceremony at Guildford Cathedral on Monday evening.

Det Insp Joanna Hayes and Pc Paula Hayward were praised for their work with several vulnerable victims.

They supported the victims and helped them to give full statements.

Life-saving actions

Other commendations included awards for three special constables who searched for a missing 15-year-old vulnerable girl who was found with a 46-year-old man.

The special constables were praised for their professionalism in dealing with a situation that could have been life-threatening for the girl.

Three members of the public, Daniel O'Sullivan, Sean Eaton and Peter Hicks received commendations for helping people at risk of losing their life.

Mr O'Sullivan and Mr Eaton helped a man who had fallen into the canal in Byfleet, and Mr Hicks rescued a man from the river in Staines.

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