Clare Larkey-Jones, a female police officer and mother of three, was on patrol in Caernarvon, Wales, when she saw a gang of four men beating up a defenseless man. Without hesitating, she ran towards the gang and shouted for them to stop.
Clare has been nominated for a Police Federation Bravery Award and has won a trip to London. This is a well-deserved recognition for her quick thinking and courageous actions that helped to prevent further violence.
Who is Clare Larkey jones?
Larkey-Jones started her career in the police force when she was 25 years old and served for 22 years as a frontline officer before being promoted to the position of Sexual Offenses Liaison Officer on the Amethyst Team of the force.
The officer is originally from Nefyn and received her Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from Bangor University. Most recently, she worked as a student volunteer for Women’s Aid. She stated, “We deal with rapes and other serious sexual assaults – the detective deals with the suspect, and I deal with the victim and provide support.” She said, “I’ve always enjoyed the different tasks that come with being a police officer.”
What happened at the scene?
According to DailyMail, the incident took place while she was on her way home after working an 11-hour shift on January 3. She witnessed the group assaulting a man in his 20s . She stated that she had just finished working an 11-hour shift and was on her way to pick up her brother and his girlfriend at The Maes in Caernarfon before heading back home when she heard a lot of yelling. According to the Daily Post.
I told my brother to wait in the car, and I went over to investigate. When I got there, I saw a group of young men picking on a man. She went on to say that they began to beat him up and that they resembled a pack of wild animals.
After I came over, they were quiet for a moment, but then they started up again. I just went into auto-pilot mode and grabbed hold of the leader, who turned out to be Callum Lee Davies, yelled at the other individuals, and pulled him away from the group just as they ran away. After that, I called the police and an ambulance. According to DailyMail, the victim was then taken to the hospital with a 3-centimeter cut to his face and bruising and swelling to his eye. He was also complaining of pain in his eye.
According to a report , a trial at the Caernarfon Crown Court heard that Larkey-Jones grabbed ringleader Davies, who was already serving a prison term and was given an additional 12 months of imprisonment for assault “mid-punch.” This sentence was handed down due to Davies’ conviction for assault. Judge Nicola Jones commented, “Thankfully, PC Clare Larkey-Jones, off duty that evening, intervened without any thought for her safety, clearly thinking only of restoring order.” Larkey-Jones had been off duty at the time of the incident. She placed herself in the middle of all these men acting aggressively toward one another.
Larkey-Jones received awards for brave act
“In response to her bravery, which earned her a nomination for a Police Bravery Award, an honour at 10 Downing Street, a trip to London with her husband Gareth, an electrical engineer, and other perks, Larkey-Jones said,
“I just knew there was something not right going on there and I thought if that were one of my boys was getting beaten up I would like to think that someone would do the same as I did. Sincerely, I didn’t give it much thought at the time. Simply put, I find it upsetting when people are bullied. My answer to my husband’s question was that I did it because it was the right thing to do.
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