Well done to PC Brendan Lowes from Cleveland Police who has been commended for an award for arresting an offender whilst off-duty.
On the night of Wednesday 14th September 2016, PC Lowes was off duty in his car, driving along Hartburn Lane in Stockton when he witnessed a man trying to pull a handbag from a woman.
The woman was shouting for help whilst trying to hold on to her handbag and PC Lowes braked sharply and ran from his vehicle to intervene.
The suspect ran off and after giving chase, PC Lowes managed to catch him and identified himself as a police officer and safely detained the suspect on the ground whilst waiting for other officers to attend. PC Lowes then managed to identify property that the man had dropped nearby which was later found to belong to the victim.
PC Lowes acted instinctively to help a member of the public in need and he tackled the suspect without thought for his own safety, managing to detain the offender and preserve evidence from the scene until other officers arrived. The suspect was well known to police and was charged and remanded to court for burglary.
For demonstrating integrity, selflessness and accountability in serving the public and helping to detect crime PC Brendan Lowes has now been awarded a Chief Constable’s Commendation.