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Avon and Somerset Police Commissioner Honours Stars of Local LGBT Community

The lead organiser of Bristol Pride and a police officer helping the Bristol LGBT community were a handful of local people who received ‘PCC Pride Awards’ by Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens recently.

PCC Pride Awards were presented to 11 winners who attended the ceremony and a further three certificates were awarded to volunteers who received highly commended at the recent Neighbourhood Policing Awards.

Nominees were invited to Police Headquarters, Portishead where they were presented with a certificate by the Commissioner before having lunch with Sue and Chief Constable Nick Gargan.

Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “These awards are to recognise the silent stars of our communities that achieve great things or go above and beyond what is expected of them.”

Daryn Carter has been the driving force behind Bristol Pride celebrations since 2011 and received his award after being nominated by friend Frederick Daw, 23, who said Mr Carter had worked hard to increase social cohesion across all parts of the community in Bristol,

Upon presentation of his award Daryn said: “I was really honoured to be nominated for the award let alone win and I was really excited to come to Police Headquarters for the ceremony. I work closely with my local community and in particular with LGBT communities and those who are victims of hate-crime and it is really nice to be recognised.”

Another recipient of the award was Police Sergeant Stephen Bell, who is based at New Bridewell police station in Bristol, was nominated for an award by resident Stuart Fairbrother for his good work with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Mr Fairbrother, who lives on the Harbourside, told the Bristol Post “He does a lot of good work for the LGBT community within the Bristol area. I went through a terrible patch in 2011 and he helped me a great deal, which was truly appreciated. He richly deserves this award”. After getting his award, Sgt Bell said “I am very proud to receive this award, however I am one of small team and this award is more for all of them. As a team we deal with a variety of issues, everything from antisocial behaviour to work with the LGBT community and this award is really appreciated.”

Following the ceremony and afternoon tea, winners and their guests were taken on a tour of the Force Service Centre, where ‘101’ and ‘999’ calls are taken.

To see photos from the day visit www.flickr.com/photos/aandspcc/

If you would like to nominate someone for the PCC’s Pride Awards visit www.avonandsomerset-pcc.gov.uk/Take-Part/

People are encouraged to put names forward as nominations for the PCC’s Pride Awards. The Awards are open all year round and decisions will be made quarterly.