5:40pm Wednesday 3rd October 2012
By Alice Foster
A police inspector who was punched and pelted by student protesters has been awarded for her bravery.
Inspector Sally Browne, from Lambeth police’s Streatham response team, received a Commissioner’s commendation last week for showing leadership while protecting the Conservative Party’s headquarters in Millbank Tower, Westminster.
Thousands protested against the Government’s plans to cut university funding and treble tuition fees in England in 2010.
Insp Browne, then a sergeant, was in charge of officers who were bombarded with sticks, granite rocks, bottles, cans and coins from the crowd, while she suffered heavy bruises to her arms from punches and missiles, as she and her colleagues blocked the buildings’ stairwells and lifts.
She said: "I was immensely proud of every single officer that was there that day; many very young in service, who despite being subject to unprecedented violence for several hours without relief, all exhausted and many injured, conducted themselves with utmost professionalism, restraint and bravery."
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