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Teenager tackles suspect who assaulted PCs

As an aggressive man managed to break free from a patrol car, 'hero' Kiya Ingham storms in a saves the day.

Teenager tackles suspect who assaulted PCs

Date - 19th September 2014
By - Scott Docherty - Police Oracle
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Two officers were assisted by an impromptu volunteer when a teenager tackled a suspect who had attempted to run away, an awards event has heard.

Kiya Ingham (16) has been commended at the Brighton & Hove Divisional awards ceremony for his bravery and assistance at the scene which went towards securing an assault conviction.

During the response to a domestic violence incident in Brighton, Sussex PCs Lyndsey Burkinshaw and Johanna Clarke had restrained Bradley Jay Hughes inside their patrol car. He was initially deemed calm, but being under the influence of drink his temperament began to sour.

Hughes them became violent towards the two PCs and began kicking out. He managed to break free and made his escape from the car.

But just as he'd broken free, Kiya appeared, grabbed the suspect by the neck and tackled him to the ground in act that that would not have looked out of place on the pitch at Twickenham - click below to see CCTV footage of the incident.

As Hughes hurled abuse at the teenager, he continued to assist officers in restraining him and directed responding officers to the scene, all while onlookers leisurely strolled past.

The two officers expressed their gratitude for the Kiya's assistance at scene and recommended that he receive an award for his courage.

Hughes (31) of Pelham Place, Seaford, was later convicted of two counts of assaulting a police officer for which he received 100 hours community service.

Brighton and Hove's divisional commander, Chief Superintendent Nev Kemp said: "Kiya acted heroically and I commend his bravery. I was delighted to recognise his actions with an award in our Brighton and Hove Divisional awards ceremony, attended by Katy Bourne the Police and Crime Commissioner.

"[He] received a huge cheer and round of applause from everybody at the event when the footage was shown. I and my team here thank him for his courage and selfless public service which helped us bring an offender to justice." 

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