Brave action by Chipping Sodbury street marshall recognised at award ceremony

March 27 2017

CHIPPING Sodbury street marshall John Scully has been praised for his brave action during an incident in the town.

CHIPPING Sodbury street marshall John Scully has been praised for his brave action during an incident in the town. 

He was with a colleague in the early hours just before Christmas last year when they saw someone being assaulted.

They believed the man was striking his victim with a handgun but without hesitating - and putting their own safety at risk - the pair stepped in.

As his colleague knocked the gun out of the man’s hand, Mr Scully secured it until police officers arrived.

The gun was later found to be an imitation firearm but Mr Scully and his colleague were unaware of that and their “brave and courageous actions” were described as exemplary.

A Waley Cohen award, given for “meritorious acts in support of law and order”, was presented to Mr Scully at a ceremony in Bristol that was held to recognise the actions and work of police oficers, police staff and members of the public.

Avon and Somerset chief constable Andy Marsh said: “We heard of some truly remarkable life-saving events and amazing stories of dedication and determination which make us all incredibly proud.”