A proud mum has highlighted the good work done by police community support officers after her daughter helped catch a murderer.
Mum Alma Turner has spoken of her pride after her daughter, PCSO Beverley Feirn, was awarded a divisional commander’s commendation for her help in catching the murderer of antiques dealer Peter Battle.
Ms Turner, of Scarborough, said: “PCSOs do so much good and this sort of award gives them encouragement that the work they do is of great benefit to the police.”
It was last year when PCSO Feirn saw murderer Graham Richardson pacing up and down Promenade at Bridlington before he entered an antiques shop and sold some stolen loot. After the sale, PCSO Feirn entered the shop to make checks as to what was sold and requested that the shop hold on to the items for evidence rather than sending them to head office where they would probably be melted down. The items were later traced to the home of Mr Battle, and Richardson was put on trial and subsequently sentenced to life imprisonment.
Grandmother-of-five Ms Turner said the former Scalby School pupil joined up as a PCSO around six years ago after working as a manager in Tesco.
Inspector Grant Taylor, head of Bridlington’s Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Bev is an outstanding officer.
“We have numerous PCSOs who, like Bev, go above and beyond, but this is a classic example of Bev’s work. This is just typical of Bev. Even if she is off duty she will come in to address issues. It is the likes of Bev who are out there every day walking their beat, supporting their community, getting to know the community that build up relationships of trust.”
Julia Mulligan, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, said: “PCSOs make a real difference to local people and are significant in making our area one of the safest places to live in England.
“I have received many extremely positive comments about PCSOs.”