Hero given award

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A MAN who jumped in the River Wear to save a distressed woman has been honoured for his actions.

Shaun Howe has been presented with a Royal Humane Society award for his actions on June 5 last year.

During a visit to Chester-le-Street Riverside Park, the 41-year-old grew concerned about a woman sitting on her own with a bottle of cider.

Mr Howe rushed to her rescue when he saw her face down in the water. He jumped in and pulled her to safety.

When police arrived, they found Mr Howe, from Spennymoor and another unknown member of the public comforting the intoxicated casualty.

The hero received his certificate of commendation in a presentation from Durham Constabulary’s Chief Constable, Jon Stoddart.

Mr Howe said: “I didn’t do it for awards. It is something I would do for anyone.”