Crime-fighting community-spirited Grimston milkman Tony Fowler is awarded main title in inaugural Pride of Leicestershire Awards

Crime-fighting milkman Tony Fowler, of Grimston, won the main title in the first Pride of Leicestershire Awards. Here he is congratulated by Leicestershire's Police and Crime Commissioner Sir Clive Loader EMN-150724-131435001

Crime-fighting milkman Tony Fowler, of Grimston, won the main title in the first Pride of Leicestershire Awards. Here he is congratulated by Leicestershire's Police and Crime Commissioner Sir Clive Loader EMN-150724-131435001

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Crime-fighting milkman Tony Fowler MBE has added another deserving award to his collection in recognition of his services to the community.

Tony, of Grimston, won the main title at the inaugural Pride of Leicestershire Awards as well as winning in the ‘community action’ and ‘good neighbour’ categories.

Tony, whose previous honours include a Pride of Britain Award and awards at the Melton Times Community Awards and New Year Honours, gave his Pride of Leicestershire prize of two flights to Brussels and £500 to the family of fellow nominee, Amy Petrie, who lost her fight with cancer last year.

The winners and runners-up in the awards - launched by the Leicester Mercury to celebrate unsung heroes across the county - were named at a ceremony held on Thursday at Leicester City FC’s King Power Stadium and hosted by X-Factor winner Sam Bailey.

The audience was told of Mr Fowler’s caring and concern for the people on his 100-mile round, making sure vulnerable people are safe and cared for, as well as alerting police to early morning criminal activity.

A Leicestershire Police spokesman said Tony had been able to prevent a suicide attempt, raised the alarm for a person who had collapsed at home, stopped a car being stolen, saved the life of a man having an epileptic fit in the street and brought and cooked food for an elderly resident who hadn’t eaten for days – to name just a few.

After the ceremony Leicestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Sir Clive Loader, who presented the awards, said: “It was such an honour to sponsor these awards and in particular to present Tony with the overall award.

“All of the winners should be incredibly proud of their achievements. Their dedication and commitment to helping to improve the lives of people around them and to overcome personal struggle is highly commendable. I hope their stories inspire others.”

Among the other award recipients (Armed Services Award) was Syston man and Afghan war veteran Chris Middleton. Mr Middleton, who lost both his legs in a roadside bomb blast in Helmand in 2011, is now hoping to become the first double amputee diving instructor.