Hero Norman hon­oured for con­fronting ‘gun­man’

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRITTON

AHAVE-A-GO hero has been hon­oured for his brav­ery at an awards cer­e­mony.

Norman Belfield, 44, risked his own life when he con­fronted a man who ap­peared to be hold­ing a woman at ‘gun­point’ dur­ing an in­ci­dent at Nabb’s Quarry in Wild­boar­clough.

Norman’s brave ac­tions de­terred the at­tacker, who let the woman go be­fore flee­ing the scene.

Now Norman has been hon­oured for his courage with an award at the 2017 Lo­cal Hero Awards.

Speak­ing af­ter the cer­e­mony, Cheshire East Coun­cil leader Rachel Bai­ley said: “Norman Belfield’s self­less ac­tions rep­re­sent what the Act of Courage award is all about, demon­strat­ing true courage in a life-threat­en­ing sit­u­a­tion.

“This is what makes the Lo­cal Hero Awards such an im­por­tant event – the op­por­tu­nity to recog­nise Cheshire East’s true un­sung heroes.

“Norman is un­doubt­edly one and is an in­spi­ra­tion to us all.”

Norman was hon­oured with an Act of Courage award at the awards hosted by ra­dio sta­tion Silk 106.9 and spon­sored by Cheshire East Coun­cil.

Norman was pre­sented with his hon­our at Crewe Hall Ho­tel among lo­cal heroes in 12 cat­e­gories.

A trial was told the hor­ri­fy­ing de­tails of the in­ci­dent at Ch­ester Crown Court ear­lier this year.

Norman, who lives on a farm in Wild­boar­clough, was driv­ing past the quarry car park when he saw the drama un­fold­ing.

The court heard that a woman was chased from a van by at­tacker Dou­glas Proc­tor, who was hold­ing what looked like ‘a black hand­gun’, which was in fact an im­i­ta­tion firearm.

Proc­tor pointed the weapon to­wards Norman and said: “Drive or I will shoot you”, while drag­ging the woman by her hair back to­wards the van, the hear­ing was told.

He kicked and punched her, hit­ting her with the butt of the gun, and pointed the weapon at Norman to keep him away.

But the threats failed to de­ter Norman, who stood up to the at­tacker.

The court heard when two BT en­gi­neers ar­rived at the scene, Norman seized his chance and or­dered them to block the car park exit be­fore he walked to­wards Proc­tor and chal­lenged him over whether the gun was real.

Then came the hor­ri­fy­ing mo­ment when Proc­tor pointed the ‘weapon’ at Belfield and pulled the trig­ger un­til it clicked – re­veal­ing it to be an im­i­ta­tion gun. The at­tacker then let the woman vic­tim go be­fore run­ning off into the woods.

Dou­glas Proc­tor, of Wash Lane, North­wich, was found guilty by a jury of false im­pris­on­ment and hav­ing a blade in a pub­lic place and ad­mit­ted two counts of pos­ses­sion of an im­i­ta­tion firearm with in­tent to cause fear of vi­o­lence.

He is due to be sen­tenced on Novem­ber 24 at Ch­ester crown court.

Photo: Nigel Player

Norman Belfield (cen­tre) with his ‘Act of Courage’ award, flanked by Frank Jor­dan, act­ing deputy chief ex­ec­u­tive of Cheshire East Coun­cil (right), and Mayor of Cheshire East Coun­cil, Arthur Mo­ran

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