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Former cop receives WMP award after detaining violent teen

A former cop proved old habits die hard after helping to detain a teenager despite being bitten and punched.

Simon Loveitt intervened after a motorbike hit a fence and shed in Black Haynes Road, Northfield, on 20 August last year.

The 58-year-old initially went to offer aid to the teen, who was aged 15 at the time, but he tried to make off despite Simon advising him to wait for police.

Simon Loveitt

Simon was then punched in his face up to six times - and bitten on the chest - by the boy.

However undeterred Simon - who served with Warwickshire Police in the 1980s before working in the security industry - did not flinch and detained him until officers arrived.

The teenager was arrested and later charged with assault, driving other than in accordance with a licence and without third party insurance. He was later made subject of a referral order.

Simon was previously married to Sharon Loveitt who served with West Midlands Police in the 1980s and has an award named in her honour for charity work. She sadly passed away from cancer in 1990 while a serving officer.

Detective Sergeant Richard Forrester, from force CID, said: "Despite Simon being assaulted he was determined to do the right thing and managed to stop the teen from fleeing the scene. His actions went above and beyond what could be expected."

Simon was awarded a Chief Constables Commendation during an awards ceremony at Tally Ho on Thursday (13 June).

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