Gordon Aspden has been awarded a Certificate of Commendation by Derbyshire Police for his work on Operation Rosebank.

The Operation related to the trial and conviction of Anthony Dealey who was jailed for life for rape and attempted murder in December 2018. Dealey attacked his victim in Ilkeston in the early hours of the morning of 26 November 2017. A jury unanimously found him guilty following a trial at Derby Crown Court.

The Commendation states Gordon was ‘instrumental in the conviction of a dangerous man and thereby the protection of the people of Derbyshire from further risk.’

Assistant Chief Constable Paul Gibson, said:
“The police, the prosecutors, the forensic services and the courts, worked together on the process of supporting a victim, reassuring a community and providing DNA evidence to prove a man’s guilt.

“One of Derbyshire’s biggest ever manhunts followed this appalling attack – dozens and dozens of people from across the constabulary, the region and our partners worked alongside the investigation team – the house to house enquiries, the searches, the media appeals, the police reconstruction of events, the forensics, community reassurance and intelligence gathering.

“Anthony Dealey now has to face the consequences of his brutal and terrible actions that night – back in December he was jailed for life.”

Gordon received the certificate at a ceremony on 12 February 2019.

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