It was a day to remember for a select group of police officers and members of the public who were recognised for going "above and beyond expectations."

At a special commendation ceremony for those living and working around the south-west, Merton had its fair share of recipients.

Of those included PCs Knight and Dodson who arrived on scene finding a man collapsed and unresponsive.

They resuscitated him until paramedics arrived.

The officers were told their actions saved his life and because of that he was able to hold his new granddaughter, born shortly before Christmas.

Aiden Peters was awarded after he witnessed a crash and ran to help.

The driver had suffered an epileptic fit and lost control. Mr Peters stayed by their side and offered crucial first aid and support. He was commended for bravery, tenacity and demonstrating outstanding public spirit.

PCSO Russell was on solo cycle patrol in Colliers Wood and found a shoplifter.

Not carrying personal safety equipment, he stepped in to detain the man and hung on, despite an injury, until officers arrived. He was commended for outstanding bravery.

PCs King and Boyle were called to an unresponsive man in Mitcham town centre. While their colleagues performed CPR, their enquiries led to the realisation that the man had been murdered. They were commended for a methodical and meticulous investigation.

PCs Bellerby and Wright were first on scene to an unresponsive man lying on the pavement in Mitcham and gave CPR until the London Air Ambulance arrived.

Although the man sadly later died, the officers were commended for unwavering professionalism and resilience during this incident.