Keynsham's 'Crimefighter Bob' remembered at policing awards

June 04 2018
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Keynsham’s late “Crimefighter Bob” has been remembered at an awards ceremony for local policing heroes.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary and Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens hosted the Be Proud Awards on May 17 to celebrate the achievements of colleagues working across the force.

During the evening at Cadbury House Hotel in Congresbury, tributes were paid to Bob Eastaugh for his work founding and co-ordinating a Neighbourhood Watch scheme in the Charlton Road area for many years before his death in January.

His wife Anne and son Mark attended the event to accept an award on Bob’s behalf for his volunteer work in making the community safer. Bob was previously awarded a PCC Pride Award by Ms Mountstevens for his role in 2016.

Mrs Eastaugh later presented the Police Support Volunteer of the Year Award to Jennifer Hill in memory of Bob. Jennifer has volunteered with the force for more than five years, recently becoming a volunteer restorative justice facilitator as well as co-ordinating her local Neighbourhood Watch.

She said: “It’s nice to think that constabulary colleagues really respect you and see what you do, even it if is behind the scenes.  It is a lovely honour.”

Among the individuals honoured at the awards were Special Constable of the Year Tony Millington, Response Officer of the Year PC Joseph Iles, Neighbourhood Officer of the Year PC Ross Calderwood, Investigator of the Year DC Lorraine Welsh and Police Staff Member of the Year Helen Cuthbert.

There was also an award for the force’s HQ Operational Planning team, which was named Policing Team of the Year for its work supporting major events such as royal visits, the Balloon Fiesta and Glastonbury Festival.

The Specialist Operations Award went to Operation Blueline, which recently featured in BBC3’s documentary Drugsland for its role working with communities and tackling drug dealers.

More than 230 nominations were made for the awards and Ms Mountstevens said: “I always consider it a privilege to be in a room with so many inspirational, selfless and dedicated people.  To everyone who works relentlessly to support the policing effort, you make such a difference, thank you to all of you.

“The Be Proud Awards are really important to us because the nominations come from members of the public, internal colleagues and external partners.  I want to thank everyone who took the time to contact us with your compliments and nominations.”

BBC Radio Bristol’s Emma Britton compered the evening and Olympian Amy Williams MBE, presenter Carol Vorderman MBE, comedian Stephen Merchant and Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis sent
messages to the finalists via video.