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Chief Executive awarded George Cross

The Chief Executive of Southampton City Council Alistair Neill, has been awarded the George Cross after he disarmed a sailor who was on a shooting rampage on board a submarine.

Able Seaman Ryan Donovan was jailed for a minimum of 25 years for the murder of Lieutenant Commander Ian Molyneux.

The Leader of the Council Royston Smith has also been awarded the George Cross for disarming the gunman. They were on a tour of HMS Astute which was on a visit to Southampton when the shooting took place.

It's understood that Councillor Smith and Mr Neill wrestled Donovan to the ground after he shot Commander Molyneux and wounded another submariner.

Widow's pride at husband's bravery award

The widow of Royal Navy officer murdered in Southampton as he tried to stop a sailor from shooting his colleagues says she is "extremely proud and humbled" after he was awarded the George Cross. Lieutenant Commander Ian Molyneux is only the second person to receive the award posthumously.

On behalf of myself and our children, I wish to express how extremely proud and humbled we all feel to know that Ian's remarkable bravery has been recognised with such a prestigious award. Ian is so desperately missed, but his memory will live on through his four beautiful children and in the hearts and minds of all who knew him.

– Gillian Molyneux

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