Officers and Members of the Public Receive Commendations for Protecting a Vulnerable Woman

Well done to PC Matthew Simpson and PC Ian Stapley, who, alongside three female members of the public, received commendations for their brave and dedicated work in protecting a vulnerable woman.

In January this year, a woman was circulated as missing from another force area. During the course of the day, the missing woman’s car was picked up as being in the Cleveland area, travelling on the A66 through Middlesbrough.

With the assistance of PC Stapley and PC Simpson, the vehicle was brought to a stop near to the A19 interchange and it was clear at this point that the woman was extremely vulnerable and she dashed off into the busy and fast lanes of the A66 in the dark.

Both officers managed to carefully restrain the woman, but were in danger on the road side and needed assistance. Thankfully, three kind women stopped to assist the officers and their quick actions minimised the danger to the woman and the officers by taking traffic cones and placing them in the live lane to fend off traffic on the dark and busy road until further assistance from police and ambulance service arrived. Without their assistance the outcome of the incident could have been very different.

Overall the partnership working from the three women, police and the ambulance service contributed to the safe conclusion of the incident.

PC Simpson and Temporary Chief Constable Iain Spittal

PC Stapley and Temporary Chief Constable Iain Spittal