A man has been awarded a Chief Constable’s commendation for stopping an armed robbery taking place.
On 21 January, James Morgan was making a visit to Global Newsagents at Newton Road, Lowton for groceries. It was here where a man, later named as Billy Moore, entered brandishing a meat cleaver.
Despite Moore being armed, James put his own personal safety aside and tackled the offender to the floor. In order to make the offender drop the weapon, James struck the man. He detained him on the shop floor until the polic08e arrived.
His act of selfless bravery and heroism led Detective Sergeant David Johnston from Greater Manchester Police to nominate him for the award. On 22 March at a ceremony at GMP’s Hough End Complex, he was presented with the Chief Constable’s Citizens Commendation.
Detective Sergeant David Johnston said: “James acted in a selfless and brave manner to help the shopkeeper. He demonstrated all the key traits of an honourable member of the community and tackled an armed and dangerous criminal.
“His actions will undoubtedly make our area a safer place to live and it’s people like James that make our community great”.
Speaking about the award James said: “It’s nice to be recognised for what I’ve done but it’s not something you think about.
“For me it was all very much about what was happening at the time. When I think back to the day, I did what I did because I didn’t want someone attacking my local shop. At the end of the day this is someone who is trying to earn an honest wage with his own business”.
Deputy Chief Constable Ian Pilling for Greater Manchester Police, said: “James’ actions prevented a dangerous offender from committing further crime and displayed the power of community spirit”.
As a result of James’ actions the offender, Billy Moore was arrested. He was sentenced to 40 months in prison.
James Morgan’s brave and heroic conduct proves that residents living in the borough will not stand by and allow criminality to take place.