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This photograph was taken at a Police Awards evening on 1 November 2012.

It shows PC Gareth O'Sullivan and 'Good Citizen' Mr Norman Hutton who bravely arrested a violent burglar.

The two men teamed up to arrest a violent burglar who’d sent the PC crashing through wooden fence panels moments earlier after driving at him in a transit van!

Solihull Police PC Gareth O’Sullivan smashed the van’s driver side window with his baton after spotting it speeding away from a break-in on Stratford Road.

However, the suspect refused to surrender and careered into the officer, pinning him against roadside fencing and forcing him through the panels onto the pavement behind as he continued accelerating.

Despite his injuries PC O’Sullivan pursued the van – later found abandoned in a side street after being driven the wrong way down the dual carriageway – and then wrestled the 30-year-old to the ground as he tried to flee the scene on foot.

Passer-by Norman Hutton witnessed the struggle and stepped in to help pin the man down whilst he was handcuffed. The 68-year-old’s swift actions were all the more impressive given that he was at the time on a hip replacement waiting list!

And at a West Midlands Police awards ceremony on Thursday (Nov 1) PC O’Sullivan picked up a Chief Constable’s Commendation – the force’s highest accolade for bravery – whilst Mr Hutton was presented with Good Citizen award.

Solihull Police Commander, Chief Superintendent Sally Bourner, said: “PC O’Sullivan was determined the suspect wouldn’t escape: he’d been through a frightening ordeal and suffered injuries to his knees and arm but shrugged that off, showed great tenacity to follow the van and made a brilliant arrest.

“Mr Hutton showed commendable community spirit by lending a hand to restrain the offender when he saw him grappling with the officer.

“Together they helped take a dangerous man off Solihull’s streets as it was later found he was wanting for questioning about a wounding and that the transit van had been stolen from a pub car-park.”

The man, from Chelmsley Wood, was sentenced to three years imprisonment at Coventry Crown Court on July 20 after admitting burglary, aggravated vehicle taking and assault.

He was also banned from driving for three years after which he’ll be forced to sit an extended driving test before being able to get back behind the wheel.

Police were alerted to the February 17 burglary in Stratford Road at when the intruder alarm was activated at 1.15pm.

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