A hero who won a national bravery award has been exposed as a paedophile.
Wayne Morrison, aged 56, has been jailed for eleven years for sexually abusing young girls.
In 2005 Morrison, of Millbrook, Stalybridge, won an accolade at a ceremony sponsored by the Association of Chief Police Officers.
At a glitzy event at a Manchester hotel he picked up an award for rugby-tackling a mugger in Stockport town centre.
He was working as a street cleaner when he brought down the thief after seeing him snatch a woman pedestrian’s handbag.
Morrison’s glasses were sent flying as he struggled to detain the thief, who was kicking and punching.
But police arrived within minutes and arrested the man.
Morrison dusted himself down and returned the bag to the victim.
But at the time of the incident he had been abusing young girls for years.
At Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court, Morrison, was found guilty of all 12 counts of indecent assault and one of sexual assault on a child under 13.
He had denied all the charges but was convicted after a week-long trial.
The offences took place between 1993 and 2014.
One of his victims told the M.E.N.: “I am very happy with the sentence he has got.”
Morrison was arrested in May 2014.
At the time of his award, Morrison told the MEN how he tackled the thief.
He said: “I just saw him sneaking up and had to do something.
“He went for me and I went for him. I rugby-tackled him and got him in a head-lock.
“He was being extremely violent but I knew if I let go it would get worse. It was about two or three minutes before the police arrived. If someone’s in danger like that, I wouldn’t walk past.”
After handing Wayne his award, Merdydd Hughes, the then chief constable of West Yorkshire Police, 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.”
Manchester Evening News