Two delivery drivers have received a prestigious police award after bravely stepping in to assist officers when a brawl broke out at a hotel.

Police were called to a disturbance involving guests being verbally abusive towards staff at a hotel just off the A1 in Washington at around midday on Friday, March 15.

On arrival, the situation quickly escalated and two of the male guests reportedly launched a violent attack on the police officers in attendance.

Delivery staff Nicky Heginbottom, 42, and Paul Grundy, 53, were taking a welfare break at a nearby services, when they heard the situation unfolding.

Without hesitation, the pair jumped to the assistance of the officers to help detain two suspects.

Two 18-year-old men were arrested and later charged with assault – and are due to appear in Newcastle Crown Court later this year. 

Presenting the ‘Commander’s Compliment’ award to the duo at Whickham Station, Chief Superintendent and Area Commander Paul Stewart, of Northumbria Police, said: “We would always discourage the public from risking their own safety.

"But this was a great show of courage and bravery from Nicky and Paul.

“When our officers are called to a disturbance, we’re not always 100 per cent sure what situation we’re going to be faced with.

“In this case, the mood changed in an instant and it was clear we needed to detain the suspects as quickly as possible whilst we waited for backup.

“The drivers just so happened to be in the right place at the right time – and we’re very grateful for their assistance.”

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Celebrating his 42nd birthday on the same day as receiving his award, Nicky said: “Wow – what can I say? This is definitely a special way to mark a birthday.

“We’re just so pleased to have been invited to accept these awards.

“It wasn’t a nice situation to stumble upon. But we are glad we were able to help the officers.”

Paul added: “It’s a great feeling to be recognised – although I do feel we acted in the same way anyone would.

“This award is going to take pride of place in my home.”