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Biking bobby went beyond call of duty

PUBLISHED: 18:06 16 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:26 11 August 2010

A COMMUNITY bobby has won a well-deserved award for going above and beyond the call of duty after chasing down an armed robber. Police Community Support Officer Emekelim (Eme) Nwaofidel was presented with the 2008 Cycling Communities Award for the catego

A COMMUNITY bobby has won a well-deserved award for going above and beyond the call of duty after chasing down an armed robber.

Police Community Support Officer Emekelim (Eme) Nwaofidel was presented with the 2008 Cycling Communities Award for the category of 'Beyond the Call of Duty' by Olympic gold medallist Chris Boardman at a ceremony on May 22.

A member of Longbridge Safer Neighbourhood Team, Eme was on duty last July, cycling alone through Barking.

He was flagged down by a tearful young man at a bus stop who told him that he had just been robbed at knife point by an older youth who had stolen his mobile phone.

He told Eme that the suspect had just boarded a bus, which was rapidly disappearing into the distance.

Chasing it down, Eme managed to stop and board the bus, asking the driver to close all the doors.

He then searched among the passengers, finding a man who matched the description of the suspect, and detained him until police officers arrived.

The suspect was searched and the mobile phone found, resulting in his arrest.

Chief Inspector Andy Larkin said: "PCSOs have limited powers but by acting as he did Eme went to the very extent of what a PCSO can do and we were very proud of him when he was presented with the award."

Eme said: "It was a fantastic surprise to hear I had won. I couldn't believe it.


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