Police awards night for officers in line of duty across South Holland

AWARD HEROES: Sergeant Iain Mclvor, Grzegorz Pacho and PC Thomas Smith with Chief Constable Bill Skelly (right) and Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire, John Lockwood. Photo supplied by Lincolnshire Police.
  • Chief Constable recognises exceptional acts of service and detection

A detective who helped convict an ex-Spalding scout leader of historic sexual assaults and a trio involved in a Pinchbeck gun alert all been recognised.

Temporary Detective Inspector (T/DI) Tim Wilkinson, Sergeant (Sgt) Iain McIvor, Police Constable (PC) Thomas Smith and taxi driver Grzegorz 
Pacho were all honoured at a Lincolnshire Police awards ceremony on Tuesday.

A Chief Constable’s Commendation was awarded to T/DI Wilkinson for his “exemplary investigation” of Bates’ crimes against children whilst working with Boy Scouts during the 1970s and 1980s.

Bates was jailed for 20 years in May 2016 after he was found guilty of 16 charges of indecent assault, as well as two charges of indecency with a child, all committed between March 1972 and 
October 1989.

An award citation read: “On May 20th, John Edward Bates was handed a 20-year sentence for a series of sex offences that took place in the 1970’s and 1980’s.

“This result would not have been possible without the dedication of T/DI Wilkinson, described by one of the victims of this case as “an outstanding officer” who did “an outstanding job.”

OUTSTANDING JOB: T/DI Tim Wilkinson with Lincolnshire Police Chief Constable Bill Skelly (right) and John Lockwood, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire (left). Photos supplied by Lincolnshire Police.

“DI Wilkinson worked with compassion, but also with determination and a victim of Bates commented: “Thank you for the empathetic and considerate way you dealt with me as a reluctant witness.

“You have been the catalyst in lifting a 33-year burden off my shoulders.

“Thank you as well for the resilient, tenacious and caring approach, outstanding policing in my opinion.”

“His Honour, Judge Simon Hirst praised the victims at the conclusion of the trial for their bravery in coming forward to give evidence against a man who had abused their trust in the most grotesque way possible.

The positive feedback received from victims articulated the exemplary investigation and victim care shown by this outstanding officer

Detective Superintendent Rick Hatton, head of the Public Protection Unit, Lincolnshire Police

“This was largely due to the empathy and professionalism displayed by T/DI Wilkinson.

On presenting T/DI Mr Wilkinson with his award, Detective Superintendent Rick Hatton, head of the Public Protection Unit at Lincolnshire Police, said: “The positive feedback received from victims articulated the exemplary investigation and victim care shown by this outstanding officer.”

Meanwhile, Sgt McIvor and PC Smith also received Chief Constable’s Commendations after tackling a gunman who had threatened Mr Pacho during an incident in Knight Street, Pinchbeck, in March 2016.

Mr Pacho was given a Public Appreciation Award for confronting the gunman himself after he heard shots that were fired inside a house.

A citation for the trio read: “The three men are to be recognised for their brave, decisive actions following the report of a firearm which was believed to have been fired within a house in Pinchbeck.

“Instead of driving away after being threatened with the firearm, Mr Pacho called the police and remained outside to monitor the situation.

“Sgt Mclvor and PC Smith arrived on scene, very quickly taking control of the situation in managing a high risk incident and a crime scene.

“Both officers recognised the need to gain control of the situation in order to prevent further serious offences.

“A co-ordinated search of the premises by both officers took place and an imitation M16 Assault Rifle was subsequently recovered.”

Superintendent Paul Timmins, head of local policing for east Lincolnshire, said: ““Sgt Mclvor, PC Smith and Mr Pacho placed themselves in a dangerous position but their bravery resulted in a positive outcome.”

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