09 January 2014
Avon and Somerset Force Awards (Forcewide)
The police team which helped to convict the people who murdered a woman in her own home and then burnt her body are among officers, staff and members of the public being honoured by Avon and Somerset Constabulary’s Chief Constable.
Nick Gargan will present awards to the winners at a ceremony at The Society of Merchant Venturers, Merchants’ Hall, The Promenade, Clifton, Bristol today (Thursday, January 9) at 2:30pm.
Mr Gargan said: “I am delighted to present these awards to those police officers, staff and members of the public who have shown an outstanding commitment and dedication to Avon and Somerset Constabulary in the line of duty.”
The award winners are:
The nine officers and staff involved in Operation Fascia, the murder investigation into the death of Catherine Wells-Burr on September 12, 2012, whose body was set alight in a car abandoned by the roadside near Ilminster, after she was murdered at her home in Chard. Three people were jailed for life.
A detective sergeant who helped convict a supply teacher from Bradley Stoke who was found guilty of 15 counts of indecent assault and one of sexual assault and was jailed for 10-and-a-half years.
The five officers and staff involved in Operation Lascar, which led to 11 men being sentenced as part of a conspiracy to supply cocaine and firearms. The jail terms handed out totalled 70 years. During the investigation officers recovered firearms, a significant quantity of pure cocaine and discovered an underground bunker containing cannabis plants and hydraulic press at a property in Kilmersdon.
A corporate communications officer, based in Portishead, provided expert advice and used his initiative to manage significant international press interest in Operation Venus. The operation was a worldwide fraud investigation into a company which sold ineffective advanced weapon detection equipment for up to $50,000 each.
A police constable whose perseverance and professionalism led to a troublesome woman being evicted from her home in Bristol.
The eight officers and staff involved in Operation Arrow 1 and Operation Arrow 2, which were centred on Bristol, which brought an organised crime group to justice. The group had carried out a wave of significant crime and disorder over two years throughout the South West of England, London and South Wales. Nine members of the organised crime group received jail sentences in excess of 65 years, including one man from Redland, Bristol, who is now serving a 14-year sentence.