A North Wales Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) has been shortlisted for a national bravery award following life-saving actions in Wrexham.

PCSO Helen Holden was first on scene at a serious wounding which happened at a shop in Wrexham. Her swift actions saved the life of the victim and lead to the offender being later arrested.

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Her professionalism has been recognised as part of a national event held by UNISON and the National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC) to celebrate 20 years of PCSOs and the amazing contribution they make to policing.

The Leader: PCSO Helen HoldenPCSO Helen Holden (Image: North Wales Police)

The incident happened when Helen was on duty in Wrexham in September 2020. She was made aware of a serious wounding where a young female had been slashed with a machete style knife whilst out shopping with a friend.

Helen quickly rushed to the Sports Direct shop and was first on scene. She immediately gave life-saving first aid to the injured women and was also able to obtain the name of the offender. This led to him being arrested by firearms officers a short time later.

The victim made a full recovery and in January 2021 the offender was sentenced to six years in prison and an additional three year extended licence period.

In January 2023, Helen was shortlisted for a national bravery award at an event held in London.

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Helen said: “So much of the work PCSOs do isn’t seen by the public, so it was really lovely to see so many PCSO colleagues receiving the recognition they deserve.

"Although I didn’t win the category overall, I feel extremely grateful to have been nominated and to have had the opportunity to share the evening with colleagues from all over the country.”

The Leader: PSCO Helen Holden with North Wales Police Assistance Chief Constable Chris AllsopPSCO Helen Holden with North Wales Police Assistance Chief Constable Chris Allsop (Image: North Wales Police)

North Wales Police Assistance Chief Constable Chris Allsop said:  “It was a real privilege for me to attend the National PCSO awards alongside Helen.

"Helen acted courageously and professionally in administering lifesaving first aid, managing a chaotic scene and, without her efforts we would not have located the offender as quickly. We are all really proud of Helen and she thoroughly deserves the recognition.”