When constable Andy Kay gets a case to investigate he is patient, persistent and determined to get help for victims – so much so that they keep writing in to thank him for his work. And his latest “Thank You” letter was accompanied by a cheque – to go to a charity of Andy’s choice.
Ivan Critten was involved in a road rage incident on the Manadon roundabout in Plymouth late 2015. A goods vehicle driver got out of his cab and punched Mr Critten through his stationary car window, giving him a serious eye injury and breaking his glasses – and then drove off.
Mr Critten of Sturdee Road, Milehouse, only managed to get a partial registration number for the offender’s vehicle.
But then PC Kay got involved. He conducted extensive CCTV enquiries using public, private, traffic, council and business premises footage. Eventually, after two months work, he identified the vehicle and then made detailed enquiries to ascertain who had been driving at the time of the incident.
The offender was traced to Torquay where he was working for a delivery company. He was interviewed and admitted punching the victim but claimed it was in self-defence as he thought the elderly, seated man was going to attack him.
Mr Critten was happy for Craig Giffard to be cautioned but he refused to accept it. The case went through magistrates to Crown Court where Giffard repeated that he felt threatened but the jury did not believe him. He received a 14 week sentence suspended for 2 years and was ordered to pay more than £1,600 in victim surcharge and compensation.
PC Kay who works in local investigation at Crownhill Police Station said “It was the luck of the draw really that I managed to track down the vehicle. But the injury to Mr Critten was serious which spurred me on. He didn’t deserve that. It was rewarding to see the offender brought to justice, it shows that what you are doing is right – trying to support victims.”
The letter of Thanks from Mr Critten about PC Kay arrived this week and said:
“I feel PC Kay went above and beyond his duty. A few of my friends said that with the little information that I could give him he stood little or no chance of finding him, or the vehicle. His perseverance was a credit to the police force. He kept me in the loop at all times and was always very kind and understanding. At our first meeting he said he would do his best to get justice. He certainly has done that.”
He enclosed a cheque for £80 to go a charity of Andy’s choice “as a token of my regards and respect for a very fine officer.”
PC Kay was also formally thanked by the barrister who prosecuted the case for his hard work and assistance.
Andy has chosen Dartmoor Zoo to receive the money.
And also this month a second letter has been received by PC Kay’s bosses about his work. He managed to track down some valuable and cherished war medals for an elderly couple from Plymstock which were the subject of an earlier public appeal from Devon & Cornwall police.
The distinctive medals were of huge sentimental value to the family and included The Star of Burma and The Star of Africa. PC Kay’s dogged investigation over 6 months identified the man from Buckinghamshire who sold the items to a Plymouth second-hand shop and managed to get them back.
Despite denials from the suspect, he was eventually convicted of the theft and received a community sentence.
“We want to thank you for all you have done for us. We are relieved that it is all over and that justice has been done” said Mr Andrew and Mrs Angela Edmonds of in their letter.
Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News