Clare Larkey-Jones, a female police officer and mother of three, was on patrol in Caernarvon, Wales, when she saw a gang of four men beating a defenseless man. Without hesitation, he ran towards the gang and shouted for them to stop.
Clare was nominated for a Police Federation bravery award and won a trip to London. This is well-deserved recognition for her quick thinking and courageous actions that helped prevent further violence.
Who is Clare Larkey Jones?
Larkey-Jones started her career in the police force when she was 25 and served for 22 years as a front-line officer before being promoted to the role of sex offender liaison officer in the force’s Amethyst team .
The officer is a native of Nefyn and received a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from Bangor University. Most recently, she worked as a student volunteer for Women’s Aid. She said: “We deal with rape and other serious sexual assaults – the detective deals with the suspect and I deal with the victim and provide support.” She said: “I’ve always enjoyed the different tasks that come with being a police officer.”
What happened at the scene?
According to the DailyMail, the incident happened while she was on her way home after working an 11-hour shift on January 3. She witnessed the group attack a 20-year-old man. She said she had just finished an 11-hour shift and was on her way to pick up her brother and his girlfriend from The Maes in Caernarfon before returning home when she heard a lot of screaming. According to the Daily Post.
I told my brother to wait in the car and went to investigate. When I got there, I saw a group of young men grabbing a man. She went on to say that they started beating him and that he looked like a pack of wild animals.
After I came, they were quiet for a moment, but then they started again. I just went into autopilot mode and caught the leader, who turned out to be Callum Lee Davies, yelled at the other guys and pulled him away from the group just as they ran away. After that, I called the police and an ambulance. According to the DailyMail, the victim was then taken to hospital with a 3cm cut to her face and bruising and swelling to her eye. He also complained of pain in his eyes.
According to a report, a trial at Caernarfon Crown Court heard that Larkey-Jones caught ringleader Davies, who was already serving a prison sentence, and was given a further 12 months for assault “in the middle”. This sentence was imposed because of Davies’ conviction for assault. Judge Nicola Jones commented: “Fortunately PC Clare Larkey-Jones, off duty that evening, intervened without any thought for her safety, clearly thinking only of restoring order.” Larkey-Jones was off duty at the time of the incident. She placed herself in the middle of all these men acting aggressively towards each other.
Larkey-Jones received awards for the brave act
“In response to her bravery, which earned her a nomination for a Police Bravery Award, an honor at 10 Downing Street, a trip to London with her husband Gareth, an electrical engineer, and other perks, Larkey-Jones said:
“I knew something was wrong there and I thought if one of my boys was going to get beat, I’d like to think someone would do the same as me. I honestly didn’t think much of it at the time. I just find it upsetting when people get bullied. My answer to my husband’s question was that I did it because it was the right thing to do.
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