Awards for Lichfield father and daughter who caught burglar in act

Katie and Clive Ferneyhough, neighbour Mr Patrick Powell, Chief Supt Ian Grant

Katie and Clive Ferneyhough, neighbour Patrick Powell and Chief Supt Ian Grant

A brave Lichfield family who rugby tackled a burglar and pinned him to the ground until police arrived have been given a special commendation.

Student Katie Ferneyhough, aged 19, her dad Clive and their neighbour Patrick Powell, leapt into action when the would-be thieves crept into their home at Shenstone in January 2009.

As the crooks tried to get away, have-a-go Katie threw caution to the wind, rugby tackling one of the men as he tried to get away. Although he struggled hard, the offender remained pinned to the floor by Katie her dad and their neighbour. The burglar was part of a gang from the West Midlands who was arrested and jailed for four years.

Katie, who is studying zoology at Liverpool University said:

“I didn’t really have time to think about what I was doing it was just an instinctive reaction to stop them.”

He dad Clive added:

“She was fantastic and very brave. We wouldn’t have expected her to do what she did and we are very proud of her actions.”

The local heroes joined police officers and police staff to receive certificates of appreciation and commendation from Trent Valley Divisional Commander, Chief Superintendent Ian Grant.

The Trent Valley divisional commendations are awarded to police officers, police staff and members of the public who had gone above and beyond the line of duty, showing courage, determination and compassion in helping victims and bringing offenders to justice.

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