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HRH The Countess of Wessex to attend Police Bravery Awards

HRH The Countess of Wessex will be among those honouring the 70 police officers nominated for this year's Police Bravery Awards.

Leicestershire's nominees for the awards are PC Matthew Eld and Special Constable Neil Deveney who rescued two people from a flat fire.

Eight regional winners will be named with one of those being selected as the overall winner for 2017.

Steve White, chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, said: "Every day officers selflessly put themselves in harm's way to protect others and it is right that they are duly recognised for their bravery, courage and dedication to duty.

"This year perhaps more than most, the public realise the threats we face every day, and the heroic efforts of our officers, most of which goes unnoticed and unreported.

"I am delighted that Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex is able to share in our celebrations. It is fitting that a member of the Royal Family will be with us to congratulate this year's nominees and support the wider police family in their unfailing duty to keep the Queen's peace."

Other guests at the awards will include senior figures in policing and the Government.