Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Award for man who saved Police woman at Shepherd's Bush station

An Enfield man who came to the aid of a British Transport Police (BTP) officer who was attacked at Shepherd’s Bush Tube station has received a Chief Constable’s Commendation.

The officer he assisted, of Surbiton, was seriously injured in the attack and she also received a Chief Constable’s Commendation.

Mr Steve Paternott received his award for bravery from BTP Chief Constable Andrew Trotter during a ceremony at the Force’s London Headquarters on Friday 16 December.

Certificates of Commendation are awarded by the Chief Constable to police officers, rail staff and members of the public who have shown special zeal, courage, skill and resourcefulness in the detection of crime.

On Christmas Eve 2009, PC Dight saw a woman jump a ticket barrier at the station and followed her to the platform. After confronting her, PC Dight was violently attacked by the woman and her brother. She was punched repeatedly, spat at, and clumps of her hair were pulled out before Mr Paternott came to her aid and the pair was restrained.

The attack left PC Dight extremely shaken and with multiple injuries - she was only able to carry out her full duties as a police officer four months after the incident.

The struggle on the platform took place within a few feet of the live tube tracks and without Mr Paternott’s intervention the outcome could have been far worse.

Following the ceremony, Chief Constable Andrew Trotter said: 

“It is courageous people like this that make the British police service what it is and keep our communities safe. Putting their own safety at risk, PC Dight and Mr Paternott tackled two violent individuals and suffered serious injury in the process.

“I am very proud to be able to congratulate and commend them for their very brave actions.”

Mr Paternott said:

“I'm just an ordinary member of the public who was in the right place at the right time.

“Thankfully no one fell onto the live tracks or this could have ended in tragedy all over the price of a ticket.

“My full respect goes to PC Dight who responded with total professionalism in extreme and unnecessary circumstances. My thanks go out to her and the rest of the force for keeping the public safe.”

PC Dight said: 

“As a police officer you don’t tend to think about what you’re facing, you just know that it’s your responsibility to do the best you can.

“It’s always nice to know that your efforts have been recognised, and to receive an award like this is very humbling.”

Eleanor Byrne (30) was given a suspended jail term after being found guilty of assault occasioning ABH. Her brother, Duncan Byrne (27), received a community order for his part in the attack. Apart from congratulating both the officer and the member of the public I have to say, both of these sentences are utterly ridiculous - what is the point of the courts system? 


  1. Tend to agree about the sentences... You actually beat up a policewoman, and yet don't end up in prison? Absurd!

  2. Community order?? Suspended sentence??? The world has truly gone mad.