Bravery honour for PCs who caught Jo Cox's murderer

Bravery honour for PCs who caught Jo Cox's murderer

THE TWO police officers who tackled Jo Cox MP's murderer on a Birstall street have been honoured for their bravery at the annual West Yorkshire Policing Awards.

Police constables Craig Nicholls and Jonathan Wright followed Thomas Mair through the streets before tackling the 53-year-old to the ground on Risedale Avenue in June last year.

Mair was carrying both a gun and a knife, but the unarmed PCs managed to detain and subdue him until armed officers arrived to assist.

Last week the pair were handed West Yorkshire Police's bravery award and were joint winners of the employee of the year accolade.

Further recognition was given to officers who investigated the murder of Marcin Siarczynski, whose skeleton was found near the canal in Ravensthorpe in March 2016.

The team were praised for their "unrelenting dedication and professionalism to ensure a conviction was brought in an extremely sensitive investigation" after their work led to the conviction of Polish national Krzysztof Olszewski - who was found guilty of Siarczynski's murder at a house in Jessamine Street, Ravensthorpe, in November 2016.

Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson said: "I am extremely proud of the brave actions and interventions of West Yorkshire Police officers and staff as they go about their daily business to help keep people safe, often going beyond their call of duty in the most challenging of times and situations as we have heard."

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