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Four children thanked by Rotherham police commander


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Four children have been thanked by police after supporting officers in their efforts to keep a missing four-year-old boy safe.

The boy, who has autism, had disappeared away from his mum while out playing on his bike in Rawmarsh, Rotherham.

The group of youngsters, aged between 12 and 14, spotted the boy riding along a road and quickly moved him to safety before calling police. They then stayed with him, reassuring him until officers arrived to take him home to his relieved parents.

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Maddison Haywood, Gracie Lee Hirst, Jayden Andrews and Taylor Sharp all received a district commander’s commendation from T/Chief Superintendent Steve Chapman for their quick thinking, maturity and the care and compassion they showed the boy during the incident, on July 16.

T/Chief Superintendent Chapman said: “I cannot thank these young people enough for their quick thinking and response. They saw an extremely vulnerable child, on his own, and instinctively moved him to safety and called for help.

“Each of them, despite being shaken by the incident, acted in an extremely responsible manner. They made sure he was kept safe, and they kept him calm until help arrived.

“It’s stories like these that make me proud to serve communities here in Rotherham. It was my absolute pleasure to meet these four, thank them in person and present them with a commendation.”

Images: South Yorkshire Police

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Tom Austen
Tom grew up in Aston, Rotherham and studied Human Geography at Nottingham Trent University before developing a passion for promoting Rotherham and a nose for a good story.


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