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Crawley policeman is best shot in the world
A Crawley police officer is on top of the world after being named the best 999 shot on the planet.
By day he has criminals and wrong-doers in his sights.
But Sergeant Simon Fenner has proved he always has his eye on the prize, as he beat out competition from emergency service officers from across the world to scoop a gold medal at the World Police and Fire Games.
Speaking after being crowned the overall clay pigeon shooting champion, the officer, who lives in Crawley, dedicated his triumph to his late father.
Sgt Fenner, who works at Sussex Police headquarters in Lewes, said: “This was a physically and mentally demanding five days of shooting and is without doubt the pinnacle of my shooting career to date.
“I’d like to thank everyone across the force for their support.
“I’d like to dedicate this win to my late father John. He supported and encouraged myself and my three brothers from an early age and was my greatest supporter and number one fan.”
The 48-year-old travelled to Northern Ireland with more than 6,500 police officers, prison officers and firefighters for a competition involving 56 sports at 42 different venues in Belfast.
Sgt Fenner’s event involved two days of trap shooting, two days of skeet shooting and a day of sporting shooting.
With no team being entered from Police Sport UK, he performed as an individual and was part of a combined UK squad that competed against the international teams.
After the two days of trap, Sgt Fenner was five targets behind the leader and won a bronze trap medal.
After the two days of skeet he had cut the lead to two targets and took another bronze medal in the individual skeet as well as one for his combined skeet score.
On the final day Sgt Fenner gained a silver medal in the sporting shooting category which meant he leapfrogged the leaders to get the overall gold for clay pigeon shooting.
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