Brave police officer battered as he tackled violent robber in Farnworth
A BRAVE police officer has been praised for helping to stop a robber who had seriously hurt him.
Sgt Jon Seeds chased robber Kevin Norris along streets and into a home after he raided a Farnworth shop.
Norris, aged 28, of no fixed address, punched Sgt Seeds in the face and caused serious injuries and a deep cut above his eye.
The pursuit started after Norris walked into Best One in Rawson Street, picked up a box of Foster’s lager, and left without paying.
A shop assistant tried to stop him but Norris headbutted him, which left a bruise to his right eye.
Sgt Seeds and Police Community Support Officer Derek Thomas, who both work in the Bolton South Neighbourhood Policing Team, chased the robber.
Norris punched Sgt Seeds and PCSO Thomas, who fell from his bike and hurt his knee. Sgt Seeds continued the chase on foot.
Norris ran into a unlocked home in Carlton Street and punched Sgt Seeds several times before he was arrested.
He pleaded guilty to robbery, wounding Sgt Seeds and injuring PCSO Thomas and was jailed for six years at Bolton Crown Court.
Det Insp Sarah May, from Bolton police, said: “Sgt Seeds went above and beyond his duty to pursue and arrest Kevin Norris despite suffering a serious injury in the process.
“His determination has resulted in a prolific offender being jailed and being off Bolton’s streets for a significant amount of time.
“The lengthy sentence sends out the message that people who commit robberies and attack people while they are simply doing their jobs will not be tolerated by the courts.”