Brave woman given award for preventing armed burglar escaping

PUBLISHED: 10:00 17 October 2017

Chief Constable Andy Marsh with Seanna Moore. (Picture: Barry Attwater)

Chief Constable Andy Marsh with Seanna Moore. (Picture: Barry Attwater)

Barry Attwater

A brave woman who grabbed an armed burglar to try to prevent him escaping a village shop with stolen goods is among those to receive a police award for her actions.

Seanna Moore was working at Congresbury Village Store in February when two hooded men attempted to steal items from behind the counter.

She bravely grabbed one of the men and attempted to pull him away.

He fled the store with stolen goods, but Ms Moore gave chase and gathered vital information about the vehicle they were trying to escape in.

Using her information, police officers stopped the car, retrieved the stolen goods and charged the men.

Ms Moore has now received an award from Avon and Somerset Constabulary at the Somerset Force Awards to recognise her actions.

Ms Moore said: “It took me a second to grasp what was going on in the shop, but as soon as I realised I immediately felt angry.

“I was concerned for the safety of my colleague – instinct took over and I just tried to get them out.

“The awards are a great opportunity to hear about the courageous stories within the area.”

Louise Hutchison, from Portishead, has also received an award for helping to develop the constabulary’s new way of operating.

She received the Chief Constable’s Commendation for showing commitment to her work and going far beyond what is normally expected.

A force spokesman said: “Louise provided invaluable experience and remained knowledgeable, consultative, open and considered.

“She displayed great leadership, good humour, efficiency and competence.”

The two women received awards at a ceremony at Clevedon Hall, Clevedon.

Chief Constable Andy Marsh said: “The remarkable nominees at the Somerset Force Awards remind us all of what it means to be in policing and part of a group who want to make a difference.

“The awards reflect the very best of traditional policing; selfless acts of bravery and courage, as well as tenacity in tackling the changing face of policing with evolving new issues and compassionately caring for victims of crime.”

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