Heroes hail by po­lice

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Angelique Pat­ter­son

BILLY Quaid and Jeremy Brown’s story of tack­ling knife-wield­ing crim­i­nals in a cane­field in aid of Moss­man po­lice has be­come a lo­cal le­gend.

On Tues­day the men were hon­oured dur­ing the Far North’s an­nual po­lice awards cer­e­mony, af­ter be­ing nom­i­nated by Moss­man CIB De­tec­tive- Sergeant Trevor Per­ham.

Billy and Jeremy - along with Louis Bethal, Shaun Vid­ito and Daniel Hober - chased down the three youths who had been on a crime ram­page in Moss­man in Jan­uary 2011.

Cairns res­i­dents Si­mone Ri­ley, Shan­non Hamers and Dy­lan Ral­ston, then aged be­tween 18-21, had bro­ken into six busi­nesses along Front St, caus­ing ex­ten­sive dam­age.

Moss­man Port Dou­glas Treelop­ping owner Billy said his sis­ter’s store was one of those bro­ken into so he put the word out to lo­cals to give him a call if they no­ticed any­one sus­pi­cious.

Sure enough they lo­cated them in North Moss­man and af­ter po­lice ar­rived at the scene, the three crim­i­nals ran into the cane­fields to es­cape.

Jeremy, who now works in Port Hed­land, said they went to one side, while the po­lice went the other.

‘‘I could smell perfume, the girl has just put all the perfume on they had stolen and we could see their tracks through the cane, we walked through and found them hid­ing,’’ he said.

‘‘ One fella ran and Bill chased him and I got the other fella who pulled out a knife and ran.

‘‘I caught up to him and he spun around with the knife, I grabbed his hand and got the knife and tack­led him on the ground un­til Trevor came and ar­rested him.’’

Mr Brown said he was not scared but he ‘‘ prob­a­bly should have been’’ and he would not hes­i­tate again to help the com­mu­nity and the po­lice.

Pic­ture: ANNA ROGERS

HERO RE­CEP­TION: Jeremy Brown with son Toby

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