The 'dedicated' team whose work brought a man to justice after the murder of a two-year-old child has been recognised at an awards ceremony.

Officers and staff from Dorset Police were recognised for their contribution to keeping the county safe at the event.

Among those to win awards were the large team of detectives, staff members and crime scene investigators, led by Detective Chief Inspector Sarah Derbyshire for their work on the murder investigation of Harry House.

The community of Broadmayne and beyond were left in shock following the toddler's death in 2016. Harry's stepfather, Joseph Eke, was later found guilty of his murder.

The team received a Chief Constable's commendation for their hard work, with judges saying they showed 'great professionalism and dedication during the investigation'.

Following nominations from colleagues within the force and also members of the public, the awards were presented by the Chief Constable of Dorset Police, Debbie Simpson, and the Dorset High Sheriff John Young.

The ceremony was held at Queen Elizabeth’s School in Wimborne.

Detective Sergeant Mark Jenkins and Detective Constable Sarah Desmond were both presented with the Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal by the High Sheriff.

Various other police officers and staff members, and some members of the public, received a Chief Constable’s Commendation, including those who contributed to the Dorset High Sheriff’s and Dorset Criminal Justice Board’s (DCJB) coercive and controlling domestic abuse campaign, Cut Your Strings. It is a priority for Dorset Police to support victims of any form of domestic abuse, encourage the reporting of these crimes and ensure those who inflict abuse are brought to justice.

Three detectives and a police staff analyst received a commendation for their work in a detailed and complex investigation into a series of armed robberies, known as Operation Birch. The team worked tirelessly throughout, gathering evidence and remaining committed and determined, leading to successful convictions.

The Royal Humane Society award was presented by the High Sheriff to Police Constables Zachary Dredge, Paul Cleal and Simon Young who selflessly rescued a woman who had entered the water and required assistance to get out. They dealt with the incident while dressed in full uniform in water up to their necks. Police Community Support Officer Chris Bolland also received a Chief Constable's Commendation for his efforts on that day.

Chief Constable, Debbie Simpson, said: “I am privileged to have attended numerous awards ceremonies during my time as Chief Constable. Together with the High Sheriff, I have been able to commend the hard work, professionalism and selflessness that officers and staff contribute to Dorset Police and the communities they serve.

"It is also an opportunity for us to pay tribute to members of the public who display courage and bravery when they step in to help others.

“Every individual is to be recognised for their role in supporting and developing policing, and ultimately their valuable contribution to keeping Dorset safe.”