Quick thinking teenager awarded for his bravery

PUBLISHED: 15:34 12 September 2014 | UPDATED: 15:34 12 September 2014

Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey, James Osborn and Supt Parm Sandu from Bromley.

Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey, James Osborn and Supt Parm Sandu from Bromley.


A 14-year-old volunteer police cadet was presented with a police public bravery award after his part in ensuring a rapist was identified and convicted.

James Osborn was presented with an association of chief police officers certificate of commendation by deputy commissioner Craig Mackey at a ceremony at New Scotland Yard on Wednesday.

On the afternoon of May 7 2013, a young woman was attacked and subjected to a savage rape and robbery at knifepoint whilst walking through the grounds of All Saints Church in Orpington.

James witnessed the woman being dragged away and sensing that there was something very wrong immediately called the police.

A number of police officers responded to the call and initiated a search of the graveyard and the suspect was eventually detained.

The suspect was taken to Bromley police station and charged with rape, robbery and assault on police.

He was also charged with the rape of another victim 18 months before which had been unresolved.

On December 18 2013 the suspect was found guilty on all counts and was sentenced to life imprisonment.

Supt Parm Sandu, who read the citation at the ceremony, said: “Despite witnessing this disturbing incident James kept calm and his quick thinking provided police with the location and description of the suspect. This undoubtedly played a significant part in his arrest and detention. James later proved to be a convincing witness and was praised by the investigating team and the victim herself.”

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