Heroic police cadets honoured

The Hastings and Rother Police Cadets at their annual award ceremony earlier this month

The Hastings and Rother Police Cadets at their annual award ceremony earlier this month

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A TEAM of inspirational young police cadets, including a group who helped rescue a vulnerable old man, have been honoured at a special awards ceremony.

The annual Hastings and Rother Police Volunteer Cadet Corps awards were held earlier this month at Bannatynes Hotel in The Ridge.

The awards are held each year to recognise the Cadets, who are all aged between 14-18, for the work they do volunteering to assist and support their Police Officer, PCSO and Special Constable colleagues throughout the year.

This year’s event was hosted by Cadet Leader and Special Constable Natascha Lampert-Montier. Attending were East Sussex Divisional Commander, Chief Superintendent Robin Smith, Hastings District Commander Chief Inspector Laurence Taylor, Rother District Commander Chief Inspector Trevor Botting as well as HQ Inspector Peter Cowlett, Inspector Mark Bright, Sgt Simon Yates and Emma Walsh, Sussex Police lead Cadet co-ordinator. Family and friends also attended the event which was held free of charge by the hotel.

SC Lampert-Montier spoke of the Cadets involvement in the policing of a number of events across the district including the Hastings half marathon, Hastings carnival, Armed Forces parades and the Reds over Rye event, as well as their involvement in supporting Community policing teams.

Mention was made of the East Sussex Divisional awards earlier this year when six of the Cadets received awards for their outstanding work, which included finding a missing elderly man in Rye, and assisting and giving first aid to an elderly lady in Bexhill which almost certainly saved her life.

The award for Best New Cadet went to Cadet Sophia Green, age 15, from Bexhill for her outstanding commitment to the unit.

The ‘Most Improved Cadet’ award, for the Cadet who has shown the best development and improvement through the year, went to Billy Cornford, age 15.

The Ambassador award, which is presented to the Cadet who not only represents the values of the unit, but also the core values of Sussex Police, went to Section Leader Lewis Jordan, age 17, who is about to undergo training with the British Military Reserves.

The Endeavour award, awarded to a Cadet who shows determination to succeed, went to Leading Cadet Holly Butchers, age 16

Finally Cadet of the Year went to Leading Cadet Peter Rye, age 16.

Speaking after the event, CI Trevor Botting said “I am delighted to play a part in the awards ceremony that acknowledges the fine young people within the Cadet Corp.

“Their achievements are a credit to themselves, their families and the communities that they represent. I am very proud of all of them.”