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Two police officers who arrested a murderer during chaotic scenes after a fatal shooting of a teenager in Sheffield’s Somali community have been nominated for a bravery award.

Pcs Emma Appleby and Laura Davis were first on the scene after 18-year-old Deeq Ali was shot in the head at a community centre in Spital Hill in 2011.

His killer Abdi Mohammed Omar was last year jailed for at least 30 years for his murder after being found guilty during a trial.

When the two officers arrived at the scene in the early hours of the morning, many people were in the area, some running along the street and others shouting and screaming.

One member of the public alerted the officers to a man who was crouching in the nearby bushes and was visibly distressed.

Pc Appleby approached the man and encouraged him into their police vehicle, where he identified two men walking down the street as the key offenders.

As the men approached another group at the scene, and with tensions rising, Pc Davis challenged them and was able to detain them both without incident.

While she stayed at the scene to to deal with potential disorder, Pc Appleby transported the witness to the police station and convinced him to stay until the arrival of specialist officers. South Yorkshire Police was praised by the Somali community for the officers’ response to the shooting.

The two officers have now been nominated for an honour at the police bravery awards, a national event in London on October 17.

Neil Bowles, chairman of South Yorkshire Police Federation, which represents rank and file officers, said: “Emma and Laura were nominated for their calm, professional and brave actions in the way they dealt with an extremely volatile situation.

“They faced a large gathering, protected a vulnerable witness and arrested a murderer. This is typical of the excellent work carried out by officers 24/7 on the streets of this county, to protect our communities.”