02:35AM, Friday 20 June 2014
A flood warden who worked round the clock during this winter's catastrophic floods received a police commendation at a ceremony at Windsor Guildhall.
Dave Francis is head flood warden in his home village of Wraysbury. Reading out his citation, Windsor police Inspector Emily Roberts said: "He and his family spent many hours driving around in his van looking after those people who were most at risk.
"When it became apparent that criminals were conducting reconnaissance on vacant properties Mr Francis mounted patrols alongside the policing team."
He even prevented major damage to a weir by spotting a barge on the river about to break loose.
Four Police Community Support Officers (PCSOS) were also commended at the ceremony which was attended by Superintendent Kate Ford, area commander for Windsor and Maidenhead, Inspector Roberts, Chief Inspector Lee Townsend and Sergeant Howard Rose.
PCSO David Bullock had devised a method of protecting designer pushchairs in the area called the Pramstamp tamperproof strip.
PCSO Michelle Walker was commended for her work reducing anti-social behaviour in Eton and Eton Wick.
PCSO Oli Woodland, who works mainly in Dedworth, set up Operation Lamprey targeting burglars, car thieves and drug suppliers. He was responsible for more than 70 arrests.
PCSO Jason Miller was commended for his work with the Maidenhead Neighbourhood Team targeting crime and anti-social behaviour.
Also commended was licensing officer Debie Pearmain for her work across Windsor, Maidenhead and Slough challenging premises that flout licensing conditions.
PC Nick Kluger was commended for his work targeting rural crime on farms and the Crown Estate. While store security officer Ammar Shakoor was commended for helping police catch a prolific shoplifter at a chemist shop in Windsor.
The ceremony took place on Friday and was also attended by the Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead Cllr Richard Kellaway.
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