London riot volunteer receives medal

Sir Hugh Duberley presents a BEM to Regina Allanah at the Mayor's Parlour EMN-151008-233438009
Sir Hugh Duberley presents a BEM to Regina Allanah at the Mayor's Parlour EMN-151008-233438009
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A Peterborough community worker who risked her safety during the 2011 riots has received her British Empire Medal.

Regina Allanah from the Ortons received the BEM for ‘voluntary service to the community in the London Borough of Haringey.’

The presentation of the medal was made by Archibald Hugh Duberley, the Lord-Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, at Town Hall.

Regina, who has been volunteering with Victim Support Haringey since 2009, volunteered in the outreach centre in Tottenham Leisure Centre during the riots and travelled to and from the outreach centre to ensure emotional and practical support to victims was available as soon as possible.

Regina studied her A-Levels at what was then Orton Longueville School and which is now Nene Park Academy,

The BEM was reintroduced in 2012 and rewards a sustained, local contribution or innovative, high-impact work of a relatively short duration.