IN PICTURES: Local heroes celebrated at crime awards

COMMUNITY heroes were saluted for their voluntary work at the Forest Heath Crime Prevention Panel awards ceremony held in Newmarket on Sunday.

Police horses from the City of London force were the star guests at the Bedford Lodge Hotel, as its officer received the Crime Prevention Panel special award for their work providing mounted night-time patrols in Newmarket's busy High Street.

And guests were invited to meet the two horses outside the hotel, as they were given carrots for their special contribution.

Trainer John Ryan's stables in Sackville Street were also given a Jockey Club Award for providing stabling facilities for the police horses during their visits.

Members of Newmarket Town Pastors received the Lions Fear of Crime award for their work with clubbers and pub goers in Newmarket.

Since it was launched in April the scheme, which aims to look after people who are in a vulnerable state late at night, has resulted in the pastors helping 63 individuals receive medical assistance, ensuring 80 people were safely put in taxis or reunited with friends and disposing of 534 dangerous items.

Youngsters from the Mildenhall Young Detectives team were commended for their crime prevention work over the past year, which involved performing role plays to warn residents at sheltered housing schemes about the dangers of bogus callers and distraction burglaries as well as litter picks and a first-aid qualification.

Daniel Sutton, 15, of Woodlands Way, Brandon, was singled out for special award as the Mildenhall Young Detective panellist of the year, which boosted his dreams of being a police officer when he is older.

Jeanette Warren, 59, was given a Caring for the Community award for her contribution to village life as owner of the Corner Stores in Brandon Road, Mildenhall, for the past 22 years, in which time she was a pioneer for the Shop Watch and Shop Link Radio schemes.

Mrs Warren said: "I think it helps to get to know other

businesses and keep everybody in touch with what's going on in the town.

"It is about being part of your community."

A courageous crimestopper who videoed three men trying to break into cars in Lakenheath was also given a Caring for the Community award for helping police track down two of the men who fled the scene.

With the help of Jason Schuler's footage, officers were able to track the men down as they tried to hitch a lift out of the area and all three were later jailed.

Stalwarts of the district's Safer Neighbourhood teams were also lauded for their actions to prevent crime and create safer communities in their neighbourhoods.

John Backhouse was given the Mildenhall SNT award, Sonia Horner was presented with the certificate for Mildenhall SNT and Hazel Burgess was handed the prize for the Lakenheath SNT.

Chief Insp Nick Bennett, district commander for Forest Heath, praised the efforts of all the winners.

He said: "These people across the district make an active contribution to community safety.

"They make their neighbourhoods a much safer place to live and work."