Tyne & Wear

Murdered Tyneside man's bravery is remembered

Deka Kennedy
Image caption Mr Kennedy died from a puncture wound to his groin

A good Samaritan who was murdered trying to save a stranger from a violent attack has been given a posthumous honour.

Deka Kennedy, 29, was stabbed when he stepped in to help a woman who was being kicked by her boyfriend in South Shields, in January 2009.

Paul Morrison, 26, was later convicted of his murder and jailed for life.

Mr Kennedy's mother Jean received the award from the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) on Wednesday.

'Selfless acts'

She was joined at the awards ceremony in Manchester by people from 17 police force areas being honoured for their bravery, including members of the public, armed forces and emergency services.

Chief Constable Meredydd Hughes, of South Yorkshire Police, who is responsible for the awards, said: "Each and every day members of the public put themselves at risk to help others in need.

"These awards showcase some extraordinary stories of bravery and many selfless acts of kindness and we are delighted to be honouring these very brave people.

"These awards give Acpo the opportunity to formally thank and acknowledge those public-spirited people who have assisted the police in fighting crime in the community."

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