A former police officer has received an award from West Midlands Police after managing to detain a teenager, despite being bitten and punched.

Simon Loveitt (58) was awarded a Chief Constable’s Commendation at a ceremony at Tally Ho in Edgbaston on Thursday (13th June).

In August last year, Simon went to offer help after a motorbike hit a fence and shed in Black Haynes Road.

The 15 year old rider tried to make off in spite of being advised by Simon to wait for the police.

The former Warwickshire Police officer, who left the force to work in the security industry in the 1980s, was then punched in the face six times and bitten on the chest by the teen.

Despite this, Simon managed to detain the boy until police arrived.

The teen was arrested and later charged with assault, driving other than in accordance with a licence and without third party insurance. He was later made subject of a referral order.

Simon was previously married to Sharon Loveitt who served with West Midlands Police in the 1980s and has an award named in her honour for charity work. She sadly passed away from cancer in 1990 while a serving officer.

Detective Sergeant Richard Forrester, from force CID, said: “Despite Simon being assaulted he was determined to do the right thing and managed to stop the teen from fleeing the scene. His actions went above and beyond what could be expected.”

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