Top cops’ honour for hero doorman who helped police chase Halifax town centre attackers

Calderdale Police Divisional Awards Evening at The Shay, Halifax. Nick Taylor.
Calderdale Police Divisional Awards Evening at The Shay, Halifax. Nick Taylor.

A doorman who came to the aid of police officers after a vicious attack outside a nightclub has been praised by Calderdale’s top cops.

Nick Taylor sprang into action after witnessing a man being seriously assaulted by four others outside Liquid Nightclub, Halifax, where he works.
Mr Taylor radioed a description of the gang to all other doormen working in the area and asked CCTV operators to keep a look out for them before helping two officers, who had attended the call, give chase after the men were spotted near Rawson Street.
Three of the group were arrested but a fourth ran off towards a multi-storey car park. Mr Taylor ran after the suspect, hid in a doorway and waited. 
When the man came out of the shadows Mr Taylor grabbed hold of him.
All four were charged and brought to justice. The brave 30-year-old, who lives in Halifax, has now been presented with a commendation for his efforts at West Yorkshire Police’s Calderdale divisional awards evening.

Superintendent Martin Lister said: “For such a big man he has a gentle heart and speaking to him he has all the qualities that would make a first class policeman.”

Mr Taylor has been a doorman for 12 years and for the last eight years has worked at Liquid.

He said the assault was vicious so he went to assist.

“The police were outnumbered so I went to help. There was no way I wasn’t going to help,” he said.

“It was really good teamwork which between us has been recognised. Obviously everyone is quick to criticise the bad points so it is good to share in something good.”

He recieved his award from Chief Superintendent Chris Hardern, Calderdale divisional commander.

The awards evening at The Shay, Halifax, also saw commendations for a host of police officers and PCSOs.