Local officers honoured at Wiltshire Police awards

Local officers honoured at Wiltshire Police awards

Published by Jack Deery at 5:50am 18th December 2019. (Updated at 5:34pm 18th December 2019)

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A ceremony was held last night (Tuesday 17th December) to celebrate the work of some of their staff.

There were lots of awards given out to lots of different people from across the force, but some of them have been honoured for their work in our communities:

  • Lucy Wileman - Award for Excellence in Partnership Working

Police Constable Lucy Wileman was given the award for her local knowledge and close relationship with numerous partner agencies within the community of Amesbury.

The force said

"PC Wileman has a good understanding of the issues in the area and works with partners, both internally and externally, to address problems, and ensure they are highlighted as a priority.

She has worked hard to build strong local relationships, including with parents of young people who have come to police attention, the local travelling community, and local councillors and business owners."

PC Lucy Wileman (Wilts POlice Awards)
PC Lucy Wileman has been recognised for her close relationships with agencies in Amesbury
  • Lyndsey Smith -  Chief Constable's Commendation

When on patrol during a night shift, Police Constable Lyndsey Smith was alerted by a member of public who said there was a man on the A303 flyover who appeared to be in need of help. 

She arrived to find a man in an emotional state, who had one leg over the bridge. 

With quick thinking, she physically pulled the man back over the bridge and restrained him, keeping him safe until help from colleagues arrived.

Wiltshire Police said she "acted swiftly and with immense bravery".

  • Sergeant Lucy Fair - Long Service Award

Over 20 years ago, Lucy Fair was posted to Salisbury "C" shift as a response officer. 

Three years later she became a beat office in Tisbury and then four years after that she achieved her ambition of becoming a qualified forensic collision investigator.

Now she is Sergeant Lucy Fair and runs the Wiltshire Forensic Collision Investigation Unit, which she rebuilt from scratch.

  • Andrew Foord - PCC Volunteer of the Year

Since 2016, Andrew Foord has been a police cadet in Salisbury and has been a dedicated volunteer over the three years. 

A project he particularly excelled in was the production of two inspiring police related videos designed to engage with young people, a notoriously hard to reach group. 

The first video was for Operation Sceptre, a national knife crime week, and the second was about county line drug dealers. 

The force said

"He has proven himself to be a committed and dedicated volunteer police cadet and has demonstrated innovation and enthusiasm in all areas of his volunteer work."

Andrew Foord
• PCC Angus Macpherson with Police Cadet Andrew Foord
  • Operation Liveoak - Outstanding Teamwork Award

Operation Liveoak was a complex investigation into the large scale production of cannabis within a former nuclear bunker - the largest cannabis factory ever seen in Wiltshire.

The bunker, which was found in Chilmark, gathered national attention and took 15 months to complete and involved the complex tracing and restraining of assets across the UK and overseas.

The team were presented with the award in acknowledgement of the outstanding teamwork and professionalism shown throughout this case. 

Cannabis factory bunker Chilmark 1 (Wiltshire Police)
This giant cannabis factory was found in a bunker in Chilmark
  • Operation Meteor - Outstanding Teamwork Award

The team from Operation Meteor were also given the same award as Liveoak. 

It was the long investigation into the sexual abuse of numerous children by Peter Daniels, with offences dating back to 2008. 

Daniels was successfully convicted in February 2019 and was given 6 life sentences, totalling 445 years in prison.

The award was given to them because of: 

"The Operation Meteor team's dedication to bringing offenders like Daniels to justice and helping protect the most vulnerable children in society is an embodiment of Force Values and a credit to Wiltshire Police."

Peter Daniels Alderbury (Wiltshire Police)
Peter Daniels has been given 6 life sentences for abusing children
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