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Joy as Black Country PCSO reunited with children after moving out to protect ill son

By Megan Archer | Stourbridge | Crime | Published:

A "hero" PCSO who moved out of the family home to keep serving the community during the pandemic has hugged his children for the first time in three months.

PCSO William Till reunited with his son and daughter

Police Community Support Officer William Till moved out of his Stourbridge home and into a nearby flat at the start of April to be isolated from his family.

His seven-year-old son Alfie was shielding following surgery to remove growths on his brain caused by mastoiditis and PCSO Till knew he couldn't risk potentially bringing coronavirus back home.

He took the decision to move out while he helped with West Midlands Police's coronavirus effort in his Wolverhampton city centre patch.

But last weekend, with shielding restrictions eased, he was able to move back home and enjoy a long overdue group hug with Alfie, daughter Florence May and wife Rebecca.

PCSO Till with wife Rebecca, daughter Florence May and son Alfie

“It’s one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make", said PCSO Till, who’s been based in the city centre for just over two years having previously been a teaching assistant.

“I popped over for regular chats through the patio door but of course it all had to be socially distanced with no physical contact.

“Watching my children cry when I had to say goodbye was heart-breaking, not being able to hold them, but I knew it was the right thing to do.

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“I wanted to keep working as part of the team. It was for times like these where communities need our support that I joined the police and accepted I had to sacrifice contact with my wife and children."

Since lockdown PCSO Till has been on the beat in key locations including the hospital and food banks educating people about the pandemic and encouraging them to adhere to the distancing rules.

But with conditions gradually returning to a new normal the 42-year-old is getting back into his routine as a link officer to Wolverhampton University and working with retailers.

PCSO William Till on patrol at Wolverhampton market

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And of course he was delighted at getting the green light to move back home last Sunday.

“It’s amazing to be back home," he added. “I had a few days off for lots of cuddles and family time but was back on the beat on Thursday."

Neighbourhood Policing Sergeant Sean Corrigan paid tribute to PCSO Till’s dedication.

PCSO William Till has been based in Wolverhampton for two years

He said: “What Will has done over the last 15 weeks is testament to his community spirit and dedication to policing and serving the public of Wolverhampton.

“He paid for a room in a nearby house and restricted contact with his family through a patio door in order to continue working and ensuring he didn’t pose a virus risk to his wife and children.

“That’s an incredible sacrifice. He truly is an unsung hero of West Midlands Police."

Megan Archer

By Megan Archer
Chief Reporter - @MeganA_Star

Chief Reporter with the Express & Star. Give me a call on 01902 319363 or email megan.archer@expressandstar.co.uk.

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