A mother was honored at 10 Downing Street after she jumped into a ‘wild’ gang attack in Wales to assist in the victim’s rescue.
Of course, the fact that she was an off-duty police officer didn’t hurt, but that doesn’t diminish her bravery in stopping the attack.
A wild gang fight
Clare Larkey-Jones, 48, charged at the group punching and kicking the man in a car park “like a pack of wild animals.”
Clare, a police officer in Caernarfon, North Wales, was driving home from an 11-hour shift when she heard yelling.
The mother grabbed “ringleader” Callum Lee Davies, 19, by the collar and yanked him away before calling the cops and an ambulance, she said.
Clare intervened after Lee Davies’ victim, who was in his twenties, had been severely beaten.
He was taken to the hospital with a 3cm cut on his face and a bruised and swollen eye.
The statements of Clare Larkey-Jones
“I had just finished an 11-hour shift and was picking up my brother and his girlfriend at The Maes in Caernarfon before going home when I heard a lot of shouting,” she told the Daily Post. I told my brother to stay in the car and walked over to a group of lads who were harassing a young man in his twenties.
“They attacked him as if he were a pack of wild animals.
“They came to a halt when I approached, but then resumed.
“I just went on autopilot and grabbed the ringleader, yelled at them, and yanked him off before they ran away, then called the cops and an ambulance.”
What exactly happened in a wild gang fight?
Clare Larkey-Jones, 48, had just finished an 11-hour shift and was passing through Caernarfon when the incident occurred.
She jumped out of the car, telling her passengers to stay in the car, and pulled a group of men off another man they were beating up.
“I told my brother to stay in the car and walked over to where a gang of lads was picking on a young man in his twenties.”
“They started beating him up like a pack of wild animals.”
“They came to a halt when I arrived, but then they resumed.”
“I just went on autopilot and grabbed the ringleader, yelled at them, and pulled him off before they ran, then called the cops and the ambulance.”
In the end, the case was heard at Caernarfon Crown Court, where it was revealed that Larkey-Jones pulled ringleader Callum Lee Davies off the victim’mid-punch.’
He was later imprisoned for the attack, but Judge Nicola Jones praised PC Larkey-Jones’ bravery.
“Thankfully, PC Clare Larkey-Jones, who was off duty that evening and clearly thought only of restoring order, intervened,” she said.
“She got caught up in the middle of all of these men who were acting violently.
“She clearly and firmly sent everyone on their way.”
Later, the mother was nominated for a Police Federation Bravery Award.
“I just knew there was something not right going on there and I thought if that was one of my boys getting beaten up, I would like to think that someone would do the same as I did,” she said after the dust settled.
“I honestly hadn’t given it much thought at the time.”
“I just don’t like it when people are bullied.”
“When my husband asked why I did it, I told him it was the right thing to do.”
Larkey-Jones is now a Sexual Offences Liaison Officer for North Wales Police, but she has 22 years of frontline policing experience.
Chief Superintendent Sian Beck: About The wild gang fight
“This is a 24-hour service, so we don’t work 9 to 5,” said Chief Superintendent Sian Beck. You don’t always get to go home when you want to, and you’re not always present when your family celebrates a bank holiday. It can be upsetting to see people when they are at their most vulnerable and in the worst time of their lives.
“On the other hand, being a police officer is the most amazing career with a plethora of different opportunities.”
“Like Clare, you can have a long and successful career as a patrol officer, gaining valuable experience and knowledge of the communities we serve.”
“If you prefer, you can choose from a variety of specialisations.”
“The opportunities are limitless, and you can pursue a variety of careers within the police force.”
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