A police officer who risked his own life to stop rival football fans fighting has won a Heroes of Leicestershire Award.
PC Simon Chamberlain was named the winner of a Leicester Mercury award in the Bravery and Courage category, which is sponsored by the force.
During a Leicester City home match last year, PC Chamberlain stood alone between rival fans for nearly ten minutes as they threw glasses and bottles. His actions stopped the incident escalating further.
PC Chamberlain, who also received a Chief Constable Commendation for Bravery earlier this year for the same incident, said: “I’m so proud to be recognised as a hero of Leicestershire and to be winning my second bravery award.
“Some people think I was stupid for not waiting of other officers to arrive first but I couldn’t just sit in the car and wait and risk the incident becoming more serious.”
Deputy Chief Constable Roger Bannister presented PC Chamberlain with his award during tonight’s (Thursday 28 July) celebrations hosted by football legend Peter Shilton at the King Power Stadium.
Mr Bannister said: “It was a privilege for the force to support an award which recognises the great lengths people will go to in other to help and support others. The fact that an officer was nominated for the award by two members of the public and was chosen as the winner by a judging panel makes it even more special.
“We are proud of the tremendous bravery that PC Chamberlain showed and have already honoured him with an award for the courage he showed. He put himself in danger to prevent the incident becoming more serious and to protect the incident people close by.”
The winners in the other seven categories were:
• Lieutenant Colonel Leon Roberts (Armed Services award)
• Professor Neil Chakraborti (Community Action award)
• The Mountsorrel and Rothley Community Heritage Centre (Community Building award)
• Red Cross Fire and Emergency Support Team (Emergency Services award)
• Gareth Padfield (Good Neighbour award)
• Pam Hunt (Overcoming Hardship award)
• David French (Volunteer of the Year award)
• Denise Chaney (Lifetime Achievement award)
Lieutenant Colonel Leon Roberts was also crowned the overall winner of evening.
For more information about the Heroes of Leicestershire Award winners visit the Leicester Mercury website.
Source:: Leicestershire Police News