Two people from Cheshire honoured at Police Bravery Awards Date published: 1st November 2018 4.22pm

Two people from Cheshire have been honoured at this year’s Police Bravery Awards.

Gareth Kendrick, 31, from Winsford, won a silver medal and 13-year-old Demi O’Sullivan from Ellesmere Port won a certificate for her bravery.

Gareth, a shop assistant, was given his award after he intervened when a suspected shoplifter became aggressive with staff at Asda on The Drumber, Winsford, on Monday 21 August 2018.

The shoplifter threatened to kill a security officer and then began smashing bottles of spirits before brandishing a broken bottle neck towards staff.

Gareth stood in between the man and staff and tried to calm him down. He persuaded him to go to the customer service desk for treatment on his hand which he had cut when smashing bottles.

However, he began threatening Gareth again and Mr Kendrick then restrained the offender and removed the bottle from him and kept hold of him until officers arrived to arrest him.

Gareth showed bravery, calmness and compassion when dealing with this vulnerable but dangerous individual. He put himself in the face of danger to protect others even when faced with the real possibility of serious injury.

After the awards event Gareth said: “After hearing some of the other people and what they won awards for I’m still surprised I got one! It is all a bit surreal.

“I had no idea about this until I won and I thought it was a scam to begin with. It still hasn’t really sunk in.

“I just wanted to make sure that everyone was ok, including the man who had been shoplifting because he was cut quite badly. I was the only manager there so I felt I had to do something. I was just trying to keep everyone safe and him calm.”

Demi O’Sullivan, who goes to Whitby High School, won her certificate after she helped a woman who had been the victim of domestic violence.

Demi was walking home from the park when she saw a woman sat on her doorstep who was upset and bleeding from a wound to her head. Demi went over to her and asked what had happened and was told that the woman's boyfriend had thrown a mug at her and thrown her out of the house along with some of her belongings.

Demi called the police and ambulance she took her around the corner, away from the house, before running home to get the woman a cloth to give the woman first aid.

Demi's mum, Bernie, said: "She was out the door telling me to quickly get a cloth and she was running off and trying to tell me what happened.

"I was made up with what Demi had done. Especially as three other people just walked past and didn't do anything. The girl was very upset and Demi was amazing with her."

Demi and Bernie stayed with the woman until the police arrived and gave her first aid.

Demi said that she helped because the woman was upset. She added: "She was crying and I didn't want to see someone hurt like that and I wanted to see something done about it."

Gareth and Demi were honoured at an event in London on October 30th.