Police bravery award nomination for Stowmarket man who intervened during recreation ground attack
A Stowmarket man who intervened when he saw a teenager being savagely beaten has been nominated for a police public bravery award.
David Norris, 53, was visiting the town’s recreation ground with his son Matthew, 12, when he heard a child run past shouting ‘fight’.
“It was June 30 last year, about 7.25pm. It is a date and time that will be etched on my memory for some time,” said David.
“We’d gone to use the skatepark but got sidetracked by the swings. We were a distance away and I was vaguely aware of a commotion but I didn’t take notice until someone ran past shouting ‘there is a fight’.
“Then I saw what was going on and thought ‘that’s no good’. I wasn’t planning to do anything other than take the heat out of the situation.”
David saw attacker Joshua Williams, 22, of Kent Road in Stowmarket, going ‘mad’ kicking and stamping on his 15-year-old victim.
“All I did was run over,” said David. “The attacker backed off and I made sure the kid was breathing. I checked him over and called an ambulance.
“He (the attacker) came back and I put my hand on his chest. I didn’t say anything but there was an understanding he could not pass. He backed off and was later arrested.
“He could’ve killed the kid, it was that bad.”
Throughout the incident Matthew heeded his father’s warning to keep well back.
“Even now, I’m not sure how much Matthew saw,” said mobile phone engineer David, 53.
When Williams was jailed for nine years with an extended three-year licence period last September, Judge Robert Overbury awarded David £250 from public funds and commended him for his ‘public spirited and brave’ actions.
The National Police Public Bravery Awards , which recognise assistance given by members of the public, will be announced on October 28.
“I can’t understand why I’ve been nominated for the award when the police deal with this sort of incident day in, day out for no recognition,” added David.
“Normally I’m not the sort of guy who’d get involved but when you see the person was kicking and stamping a teenager like a football you know you have to do something.”
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