Staly­bridge ‘hero’ who won top award is jailed for sex abuse

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AHERO who won a na­tional brav­ery award has been ex­posed as a pae­dophile.

Wayne Mor­ri­son, aged 56, has been jailed for 11 years for sex­u­ally abus­ing young girls.

In 2005 Mor­ri­son, of Mill­brook, Staly­bridge, won an ac­co­lade at a cer­e­mony spon­sored by the As­so­ci­a­tion of Chief Po­lice Of­fi­cers.

At a glitzy event at a Manch­ester ho­tel he picked up an award for rugby tack­ling a mug­ger in Stock­port town cen­tre.

He was work­ing as a street cleaner when he brought down the thief af­ter see­ing him snatch a woman pedes­trian’s hand­bag.

Mor­ri­son’s glasses were sent fly­ing as he strug­gled to de­tain the thief, who was kick­ing and punch­ing.

But po­lice ar­rived within min­utes and ar­rested the man.

Mor­ri­son dusted him­self down and re­turned the bag to the vic­tim.

But at the time of the in­ci­dent he had been abus­ing young girls for years.

At Manch­ester’s Min­shull Street Crown Court, Mor­ri­son, was found guilty of all 12 counts of in­de­cent as­sault and one of sex­ual as­sault on a child un­der 13.

He had de­nied all the charges but was con­victed af­ter a week­long trial.

The of­fences took place be­tween 1993 and 2014.

One of his vic­tims told our sis­ter pa­per the M.E.N: “I am very happy with the sen­tence he has got.”

Mor­ri­son was ar­rested in May last year.

At the time of his award Mor­ri­son told the M.E.N. how he tack­led the thief. He said: “I just saw him sneak­ing up and had to do some­thing.

“He went for me and I went for him. I rugby tack­led him and got him in a head-lock.

“He was be­ing ex­tremely vi­o­lent but I knew if I let go it would get worse. It was about two or three min­utes be­fore the po­lice ar­rived. If some­one’s in dan­ger like that, I wouldn’t walk past.”

Af­ter hand­ing Mor­ri­son his award, Merdydd Hughes, the then chief constable of West York­shire Po­lice, said: “Each and ev­ery day mem­bers of the public put them­selves at risk to help oth­ers in need.

“Th­ese awards show­case some ex­tra­or­di­nary sto­ries of brav­ery and many self­less acts of kind­ness and we are de­lighted to be hon­our­ing th­ese very brave peo­ple.”

●● Wayne Mor­ri­son, who won a po­lice brav­ery award in 2005, has been ex­posed as a pae­dophile

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