Keynsham teenager Kieran honoured by police

Published on: 03 May 2013

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Keynsham teenager Kieran honoured by police

A Keynsham teenager has been honoured by police, who have presented awards to those who have shown bravery and exceptional community spirit. Kieran Dark and High Sheriff Dr Shaheen Chaudhry

Fourteen-year-old Kieran Dark helped police track down and convict a drunk man who made offensive and racial comments to him at Keynsham Snooker Club.

Kieran called police and went with officers in a patrol car and identified the man, who was then arrested after a violent struggle. He later made a statement, took part in a witness identification viewing and gave evidence in court via a video link, where the man was convicted of assaulting police.

Bath Chief Inspector Simon Ellis said: “Kieran is to be commended for the exemplary manner in which he conducted himself, especially as he had never experienced discriminatory behaviour before in what can only be described as a frightening, violent and unnecessary confrontation. He was understandably upset as at that time he was of small stature and was shocked by the way a man much larger than him behaved towards him. He remained calm and focused, which enabled officers to arrest the suspect.”

Kieran was presented with a Waley-Cohen Award by the High Sheriff of Bristol, Dr Shaheen Chaudhry, at Avon and Somerset’s Chief Constable’s Awards on April 25, alongside other members of the public and the force.

Chief Constable Nick Gargan said: “We’re celebrating modern-day heroes who should be incredibly proud. These are substantial achievements and the awards are presented by people who are in awe of what you have done.”

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