Colnbrook woman commended for bravery following fight at the George

A woman who stepped in to stop an altercation between two men and prevent further injury has been commended for her bravery by the Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police.

Annie Gough receiving her commenation from Chief Constable Francis Habgood last Thursday.

Annie Gough receiving her commenation from Chief Constable Francis Habgood last Thursday.

Annie Gough, 22, was praised by Chief Constable Francis Habgood at an Awards Ceremony at Sulhamstead Force Training Centre, Reading, last Thursday (24th November).

Miss Gough was working behind the bar of Ye Olde George Public House, in Colnbrook, when a fight broke out between two men on 3 April 2014.

She asked both of the men, who were customers, to leave. The altercation continued outside the pub and Miss Gough ran outside to intervene.

By this time, one of the men had been punched and kicked to the ground and was being held down by his head on the floor. He had cuts on his face and neck, and his eyes and top lip were swollen.

Miss Gough called 999 to report the incident to Police. She has supported the police investigation and prosecution of both men. One was sentenced for assault by beating and the other for affray.

Miss Gough, who was 20 at the time of the incident, was commended for setting aside her own personal safety and putting herself in potential danger in order to try to break up the altercation. Her actions are thought to have prevented the men from causing any further injury to each other.

She said:
“It all happened very quickly at the time. The pub was quite busy, but no-one wanted to step in. It was a very violent incident and I was just glad that no-one was seriously injured.

“I’m very honoured and quite surprised to be receiving the Commendation.”

Miss Gough was one of 12 members of public and serving officers to receive Chief Constable’s Commendations.

Chief Constable Habgood said:
“Each and every recipient has done something that deserves recognition and it gives me great pleasure to be the one presenting these Awards.”

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