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Brave members of the public who helped officers after serious stabbing are commended by Force

November 6, 2017
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Two brave members of the public, who went above and beyond when assisting the police during a serious stabbing in the City Centre, received a Chief Constable's Commendation at Thursday night's (2 November 2017) Nottinghamshire Police Awards, sponsored by Nottingham Trent University, the Nottinghamshire Police Federation and Mazars. 

Shiyan Johnson and Mark Hickling were driving through the Hockley area, on Saturday 21 January 2017, when they saw the offender, Thomas Beech, stab a 17-year old boy several times with a knife. 

As a number of the victim's friends were already assisting with first aid, Mr Johnson and Mr Hickling took it upon themselves to alert a police van a short distance away and then assisted with the search for the offender.

When they spotted Beech walking down Cranbrook Street the pair bravely got out of their vehicle and began to pursue him on foot.

During the chase they flagged down a marked police vehicle, shouting "that’s him". Officers were able to respond quickly and managed to detain Beech.

The quick arrest meant that forensic evidence was preserved because Beech did not have time to change his clothes. 

Indeed, the evidence for this case was so strong that Beech pleaded guilty to the offences of wounding with intent and possession of a bladed article.

Mr Johnson said: "It’s amazing to be honoured by Nottinghamshire Police for our bravery.

"I saw this stabbing happen right in front of me. My adrenalin was pumping and I had to do something. No way was I letting the offender get away with something so serious and life-changing. I wanted him to get caught."

Mr Hickling said: "It’s nice to be recognised by the Force and it makes me feel proud of myself for the actions I took.

"I thought to myself this man can’t get away with stabbing someone. I’ve got four boys and a girl. I couldn’t turn a blind eye to it and drive away, I had to do something."

Detective Constable Rebecca Brosgarth, who nominated Mr Johnson and Mr Hickling for their awards, said: "Their actions were very brave, as they both knew they were in pursuit of a violent offender who had a weapon and was clearly not afraid to use it.

"The evidence they provided was key and there’s no doubt that things would have been very different had they not made such an effort to pursue the offender that night."

Beech was jailed for seven-and-a-half years when he appeared at Nottingham Crown Court for sentencing in September.

The victim’s injuries included a punctured lung and extensive nerve damage which resulted in him receiving surgery in hospital.

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