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Scarborough PC 'Delighted' To Be Nominated For Award

Scarborough PC 'Delighted' To Be Nominated For Award

Published by Karen Liu at 6:05pm 9th October 2019.

The Scarborough PC, who is nominated for North Yorkshire Police's 'Public Choice Award', says she is delighted to be shortlisted.

Laura Kelly
Laura Kelly

The force is asking people to cast their vote on who they think should win the accolade this year.

PC Laura Kelly, and eight other individuals, have been nominated for this award having shown, over the past year, a significant demonstration in courage, compassion or inspiration – the force’s three values. 

The winner of the Public Choice Award will be announced by the Police and Crime Commissioner, Julia Mulligan, at the North Yorkshire Police Annual Awards event in November.

To cast your vote in the North Yorkshire Police Public Choice Award 2019, visit

On the award page of the force's website, it said:

"At 5.10pm on 11th November 2018, a man entered a shop in Scarborough and stole money from the till. He was brandishing a large knife and used threats of violence against staff members.

PC Laura Kelly was one of a team of officers who were alerted to the area to conduct a search.

After around 15 minutes of searching near the scene, Laura – who was single crewed – noticed a man drinking in a restaurant who was wearing similar clothing to the brief description given by the shop workers.

What happened next was captured on the restaurant’s CCTV system.

Laura approached the man who sat calmly drinking his drink away from the main seating area. She was her usual jovial self and took some details from the man.

As she was doing this she did not necessarily believe he was the suspect for the robbery due to the circumstances he was found in.

Another officer then alerted the officers involved that the suspect’s knife had a bright red handle, at which point Laura spotted the red handle protruding from the man’s jacket sleeve.

Laura took a few steps backward to create some space from the suspect and called on her personal radio for assistance.

The suspect realised that he had been identified and drew the large knife and held it out in front of him. He moved through a doorway into a busy seating area where families were eating, waving the knife directly at the members of the public.

Laura followed the man and the CCTV shows her shouting and gesturing for the members of the public to leave.

Laura closed the gap on the suspect and, armed only with her captor spray, she sprayed him and pushed furniture to block his escape.

This tactic allowed the last of the diners to safely leave the building. Laura constantly engaged the suspect until the room was clear.

After two or three minutes she was joined by others officers and the suspect was detained using Taser.

Laura displayed the highest level of bravery and sacrificed her own safety to ensure members of the public, including several children, did not come to harm.

She used all her skills to contain the threat and managed to effectively update the Force Control Room under the greatest of pressure.

The suspect was found in possession of the stolen property and faces a lengthy sentence for numerous crimes.

Laura said:

“I am delighted to be nominated for a Public Choice Award and extremely happy that no officers or members of the public were hurt during this incident.”


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