Barnsley woman presented with certificate for brave intervention in ‘violent attack’

South Yorkshire Police are today celebrating a courageous Barnsley woman, who risked her life in order to help another.

Nadine Boids, from Elsecar, has been presented with a certificate for bravery after running from her house to try and stop a fight in the early hours of Sunday 27 November last year.

She was woken in the middle of the night by 29-year-old Neil Bailey, of Gray Street, Elsecar, Barnsley, attacking a 25-year-old man with a large pickaxe handle outside her home.

Detective Constable Louise Little, who investigated the incident, said: “Nadine started shouting at the pair, in a bid to try and break-up the altercation and at points, tried to grab Bailey and push him away from the victim.

“Her actions managed to diffuse the situation and Bailey left the scene, before an investigation was launched and he was arrested two days later.

“This was a sustained, violent attack which left the victim with a broken leg, numerous cuts and severe bruising all over his body.

“Nadine put herself at risk of serious harm and I genuinely believe she saved the victim from this vicious attack, which had she not intervened, could have caused further, life-threatening injuries to him.”

Bailey appeared at Sheffield Crown Court on Wednesday 3 May, where he was jailed for three years for grievous bodily harm after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing.

Chief Superintendent Scott Green, who presented Nadine with a certificate for her actions, said: “Nadine’s bravery was witnessed by several other neighbours and members of the public, who subsequently came out of their houses to help.

“I’d like to thank each and every one of them who helped to diffuse the situation, but in particular Nadine, who selflessly and courageously approached a dangerous situation to help prevent further and more serious harm to the victim.

“I feel incredibly proud that Nadine is a member of our community and feel honoured to have been able to present her with a commendation for her actions on that day.”