Praise for police who helped jail sex offender

TOP PLACE: Pc Anna Mitchell and Detective Sergeant Ian Haddick, with Durham's Chief Constable Mike Barton.
TOP PLACE: Pc Anna Mitchell and Detective Sergeant Ian Haddick, with Durham's Chief Constable Mike Barton.

OFFICERS who helped snare a sex offender, later jailed for 19 years, have been hailed for their top work.

The trio – Detective Sergeant Ian Haddick, Detective Constable Olwyn Edgar and Pc Anna Mitchell – have each been awarded a commendation by Chief Constable Mike Barton for their work in Durham’s safeguarding unit.

Peterlee-based Det Sgt Haddick was commended for his leadership, decision making and investigative skills while supervising the complex child sexual abuse investigation.

His team was among a host of East Durham officers to be recognised.

Det Sgt Haddick’s team helped secure the conviction of Andrew Morton, 33, for three charges of rape, a charge of sexual activity and two charges of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

Morton, from Blackhall, was branded a “dangerous predatory paedophile” by a judge at Durham Crown Court after the rapes he carried out.

Det Con Edgar, who also works from Peterlee, and Pc Mitchell, received praise for their commitment and determination during the investigation and for their focus on Morton’s victim, a teenage girl, with their decision-making and “excellent” investigative skills highlighted.

Police and staff working to reduce the number of young people becoming criminalised have also received a chief’s commendation, including Alison Bostock, based in Peterlee.

Pc Rob Ramshaw, of the town’s neighbourhood team, won the Probationer of the Year 2013 title.

Bosses say he has shown enthusiasm and commitment and has dealt with a host of varied investigations, impressing supervisors with his high workload and time management.

Mr Barton said: “Each of those who have received an award has shown their commitment to getting the job done while ensuring they maintain the highest standards to achieve the best outcome.

“I thank them for their outstanding efforts and commend their first-class police work,” he added.