Waterlooville police sergeant in line for bravery award

ACCOLADE Sergeant Tony Jeacock
ACCOLADE Sergeant Tony Jeacock

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A SERGEANT who arrested a suspect while being pelted with bricks and stones is in line for a national police bravery award.

Sgt Tony Jeacock was on patrol in Waterlooville when he responded to a report of criminal damage to a vehicle.

Five men fled when he got there, but he found them again. After he started talking to the group, he heard one of them shout ‘get him’.

The gang set upon him, punching and kicking him, but the officer managed to use his CS spray and they ran off.

Sgt Jeacock chased and caught one of them who again started punching the officer.

He used what CS spray he had left and the suspect fell to the ground.

As the officer handcuffed him two of the other men returned and threw bricks and wood at him.

Hampshire Police Federation has nominated him for a National Police Bravery Award. An awards ceremony is in London on Thursday.