A detective who led the successful investigation to the murder of Paige Chivers has received national praise.
In 2013 Det Chief Insp Mark Rothwell was brought into the investigation surrounding Paige’s death in 2007, after eight other teams had failed to solve the case.
The 18-month investigation then led to the conviction of Robert Ewing, 60, for murder, and Gareth Dewhurst, 45, for assisting to dispose of the girl’s body.
Mr Rothwell received the services to detection award at the Police Federation’s National Detective Awards, in recognition of his near 30-year career, including the probe into Paige’s death as well as the investigation into the murder of Blackpool man David Clarke in 2009.
He said: “It was a great honour to be nominated in the first place.
“To receive it was overwhelming. You are only as good as the people you work with and this is recognition for them too.
“I have been lucky to work for and with some good people.
“It has helped to make me the person and detective I am.”