Crime fighting school boy gets police award

A quick thinking 11-year-old has scooped a police commendation after bravely filming a crime in progress.

Thursday, 21st January 2016, 4:37 pm
Updated Thursday, 21st January 2016, 5:34 pm
07-01-16 Aylesbury LPA Awards Ceremony held at Halton House, Officers Mess RAF Halton - Pictured Master Thomas Steptoe - Photographer Alex Skennerton - © Thames Valley Police

Thomas Steptoe, who lives in Aylesbury Vale was visiting friends when he spotted a man attacking a house in an effort to get to the occupant.

And the industrious youngster wasting no time in whipping out his tablet device, and recording the incident before showing it to the police.

The police were then able to use the valuable evidence to investigate the crime.

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07-01-16 Aylesbury LPA Awards Ceremony held at Halton House, Officers Mess RAF Halton - Pictured (left) LPA Commander Supt Olly Wright (right) Master Thomas Steptoe - Photographer Alex Skennerton - © Thames Valley Police

And in recognition of his bravery and initiative, he received a commendation this week from Aylesbury’s top police officer Olly Wright.

Thomas’ mum Kirsty said: “Thomas has been really courageous and braver than I would have been at that age.

“He chose to do the right thing and I’m so proud of him.”

Thomas joined police officers, staff and members of the public at the Local Policing Area Commander Commendations.

07-01-16 Aylesbury LPA Awards Ceremony held at Halton House, Officers Mess RAF Halton - Pictured (left) LPA Commander Supt Olly Wright (right) Master Thomas Steptoe - Photographer Alex Skennerton - © Thames Valley Police

The award winners were picked by Aylesbury commander Supt Wright himself.

High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire Francesca Skelton also joined the celebration, and gave a speech to lend her support.

Supt Wright said: “Our successes in keeping Aylesbury Vale safe rely on support from the public and our partners, so I’m really pleased to recognise the contributions made by those who give up their time to volunteer for us, to award Thomas for his quick thinking, and to formally thank the RAF, as an important partner for making this event possible.”

Other award winners included PCs Rachel Cole and Mark Cichon who saved the life of a man who threatened to jump off a bridge in Wendover, and PCSO Jade Blaikie, who took a role in a complex fraud investigation.