Prestigious award for Weston man

PUBLISHED: 13:00 13 October 2010

Anderson Orton after receiving the Waley Cohen award from Avon and Somerset Police.

Anderson Orton after receiving the Waley Cohen award from Avon and Somerset Police.

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A WESTON man has won a prestigious police award after officers praised his "positive and public spirited actions" in helping a vulnerable woman.

A WESTON man has won a prestigious police award after officers praised his “positive and public spirited actions” in helping a vulnerable woman.

Avon and Somerset police awarded Anderson Orton the Waley Cohen award for meritous acts by members of the public at their annual awards ceremony last Monday.

Mr Orton was receiving treatment at Weston General Hospital on March 12 when a female patient went missing, with the hospital authorities very concerned for her welfare.

She was seen leaving the hospital wearing only her hospital gown and trousers and a blanket, and was stating that she wanted to end her life.

Mr Orton had earlier noticed the woman behaving erratically in A&E, and asked the hospital security guards to pass his number onto the police, while he followed her to make sure she didn’t harm herself.

Having kept in contact with the police and made them aware of where she was, and her welfare, the police were able to prevent any harm coming to the woman.

A spokesman for Avon and Somerset police said: “As a result of Mr Orton’s swift, positive and public spirited actions that police were able to find the victim in the shortest possible time.

“His actions helped to prevent serious harm coming to the victim.”

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