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Saturday, 19 April 2014

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Cumbrian men saluted for extreme bravery

Two men have been hailed for showing extreme bravery in helping bring two violent criminals to justice.

Bravery awards photo
David Stabler with High Sheriff Diana Matthews

David Stabler’s actions helped prevent Allerdale council worker Kenneth Sharples from inflicting further injuries to his ex-wife after he ran her over with his car.

Sharples, of Chaucer Road, Workington, was jailed for four years in October after he was found guilty of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and unlawful wounding.

Sharples, an ex-Metropolitan Police officer, left Andrea Sharp with a broken leg after he drove at her while his young daughter was in the car with him.

The ex-rugby player who was an environment officer with Allerdale council, also “pummelled” Miss Sharp’s partner Kai Diesveld – leaving him with a permanent scar on his face.

At a special hearing at Carlisle Crown Court, Judge Paul Batty QC praised Mr Stabler, of Egremont, for his bravery in intervening as Sharples carried out the attacks.

Judge Batty said: “This incident would have been much more serious but for the intervention of Mr Stabler who prevented him [Sharples] from doing further damage. His actions also prevented the situation becoming more serious – he acted with extreme bravery and is worthy of the highest praise.”

Afterwards Mr Stabler said he was “surprised but honoured” to receive the High Sheriff of Cumbria award, along with another man Michael Govan.

Mr Govan had been driving in Flimby in March when he came across a road crash.

A motorcyclist had been knocked off his bike and seriously injured after being hit from behind by drink driver William Dickinson, who then drove off.

Mr Govan saw the collision, and drove after Dickinson before he managed to corner him, get him out of the car, and effected a citizen’s arrest until police arrived.

“This was plainly a public-spirited and brave action”, Judge Batty said.

Dickinson, 52, of Field View, Flimby, was jailed for a total of three years for various offences, including drink driving, causing injury by dangerous driving, and failing to stop after an accident. Afterwards Mr Govan revealed he lost four teeth after being headbutted by Dickinson as he tackled him.

He told the News & Star: “It was a horrendous situation – I thought he was going to ram me when I cornered him in his car.

“I would do it again without a doubt because he might have got away and would have done it to someone else.”

Meanwhile, Allerdale council refused to comment on whether or not Sharples was still employed by them as an enforcement officer and would only confirm that “formal proceedings are ongoing”.

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