Sheffield schoolgirls praised by police for stopping violent attack near Crystal Peaks

Two Sheffield schoolgirls who intervened and stopped a violent attack near the Crystal Peaks shopping centre have been praised for their efforts by a city police chief.

Tuesday, 16th October 2018, 12:09 pm
Updated Tuesday, 16th October 2018, 12:13 pm
Westfield School students were praised for stepping in and stopping a violent attack in Sheffield

The Westfield School students, Yasmin and Kacey, were given special recognition at a ceremony attended by Sheffield's District Commander, Stuart Barton, who praised their bravery and quick thinking actions.

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The teenagers sprung into action close to the Crystal Peaks shopping centre when they spotted a man being '˜violently attacked' by another man. 

Violence had flared just after the England v Panama football match during the World Cup in June.

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Yasmin said: 'He was kicking and punching him. We called for help but just got laughed at by passers-by, so we went over, got him off the man and he ran away. Then we called the police.'

Chief Supt Barton said: 'Today is about saying thank you to these two impressive students.

'In our world young people sometimes get a bad press. It's important that we recognise them when they do impressive things like this.'

PC Stephanie Dodd, who dealt with the incident on the day, said: 'The victim suffered a fractured finger, cuts, bruises and a broken nose. It could have been a lot worse if the two students hadn't got involved.'

Head of Westfield School, Joe Birkbeck, added: 'It's great for our students to get this positive recognition.

'They were very brave and cool headed and probably don't realise how impressive their actions were.'