Schoolboy who tackled abusive drunk in Kingsbury receives prestigious police award

Aaron Williams, 16, was recognised at Brent Police Borough Commander’s Commendations and Awards Ceremony

A teenage Army cadet who tackled an abusive drunk man who was harassing a mother and her children received a police award yesterday (Monday).

Aaron Williams was just 15 when he intervened and helped the strangers while waiting for a bus in Kingsbury to go to a cadets meeting.

The youth, who is now 16, confronted the man and warned him he could call the police even though the man claimed to have a bomb and gun in his pocket.

His heroic actions were recognised at the annual Brent Police Borough Commander’s Commendation Awards Ceremony which took place in Bushey yesterday.

More than 100 officers and members of the public received commendations for a variety of categories including bravery commitment to fighting crime, courage, professionalism and dedication to duty.

Sekeran Subramaniam and Ratnam Kugan were given commendations for bravery, determination and commitment to fighting crime after a suspect armed with a knife attempted to commit a robbery in the fried chicken shop where they worked in Willesden High Road.

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The men refused to hand over any money and managed to restrain the robber and disarmed him before calling the police.

PC Paul McCauley was commended for bravery and determination after a drunken motorcyclist smashed into his car and failed to stop while he was off duty.

When PC McCauley tried to stop him he was assaulted by the rider and his passengers before they fled the scene.

After calling his own-duty colleague PC McCauley located the motorcyclist and he was arrested for drink drive, theft, and assault.

Other officers recognised include Sergeant Steve Carrano and PCS Chris Bates and Ash Wood who talked down a man who was threatening to jump from a balcony in Brondesbury and Roberto Spagnulo who caught a sex-attacker preying on women in Gladstone Park.

For the fifth year the borough presented the ‘Annual Awards’ to members of staff, including ‘The Chris Roberts Award’ for Probationer Constable of the Year in memory of PC Roberts who died whilst on duty in December 2007.

PC Denisa Andronic received the award for Probationer Constable of the year.

Chief Superintendent Matthew Gardner, Brent Police borough commander, said: “This is always a humbling event and one that I really look forward to. It never ceases to amaze me how my officers and staff lay themselves selflessly on the line every day to serve our local communities.

“Acknowledging the work of a few in such a way is one of the greatest honours anyone could have”.

Cllr Lincoln Beswick MBE, Brent Council’s lead member for crime prevention and public safety, said: “I salute the courage and bravery of all those who have received commendations today and also in general all those who serve and protect us on a daily basis.”