Morecambe man awarded for bravery

Jordan Lancaster with Steve Finnigan
Jordan Lancaster with Steve Finnigan

A Morecambe man who stepped in when he saw a police officer being attacked in the street has received a bravery award for his actions.

Jordan Lancaster, 19, has been recognised at the National Police Public Bravery Awards, which took place at a ceremony in Harrogate on June 19.

Just before midnight on June 22 2013, police were called to a report of a disturbance involving a large group of men in Regent Park Avenue, Morecambe.

The first officer to arrive, PC Jonathan Smith, gave chase on foot to a male suspected of being responsible for an offence of assault.

PC Smith apprehended the male, who then became extremely violent towards him, repeatedly punching him about the head and face and kicking him to the body.

The officer requested assistance from other police patrols, which were deployed to the scene.

Jordan saw what was happening and put the offender in a head lock in order to restrain him, allowing PC Smith to gain control of the man until colleagues arrived at the scene.

Jordan then provided a calm and coherent account of what happened and a witness statement in support of the officer’s actions.

Lancashire Police Chief Constable Steve Finnigan said: “There is no doubt that PC Smith would have sustained more serious injuries had Jordan not assisted him in the manner described.

“It should also be highlighted, that had Jordan not intervened, the offender may not have been identified, arrested and brought to justice.

“During this incident, Jordan displayed outstanding bravery. His courageous actions helped to restrain an offender bringing a potentially life threatening situation to a safe and successful conclusion.”

PC Smith sustained cuts and bruises as a result of this incident and although in some physical discomfort, returned to work the following day after being checked at hospital.