Cop award for snaring pervert

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A detective whose investigations led to the conviction of a Heanor paedophile has been recognised for her work.

DC Emily Town played a pivotal role in snaring pervert Michael Smith, 71, who had committed a string of offences against a child in the 1990s.

She was given a Chief Constable’s Commendation at an awards ceremony at police headquarters in Ripley, last night (Wednesday, November 27), in praise of her investigation and the support she provided to the victims.

She was also praised for her investigation into Belper man Peter Widdowson, 65, who was jailed for nine years when he pleaded guilty to abusing a girl. DC Town said: “When you work on cases like this you bring back all those memories for the victims, their families and friends and that can be a very difficult thing for everyone involved.

“Seeing those responsible successfully prosecuted give me a great deal of satisfaction and it is nice to be recognised by the force for that work.”

Chief Constable Mick Creedon said: “The victims feel justice has been served and I hope they believe they have had the highest level of service from the Derbyshire Constabulary. Both cases were covered widely in the media and I hope this positive media coverage will encourage victims of such crimes to feel comfortable reporting matters to the police.”

Smith, of Holbrook Street, was convicted of four offences in the 1990s, when his girl victim was aged between six and eight. Some of the abuse took place in the back of his van at a Derbyshire market, where he ran a jewellery stall.